Russia launches manned spacecraft to ISS

Updated: 2011-11-14 16:41


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 Russia launches manned spacecraft to ISS

International Space Station (ISS) crew members US astronaut Daniel Burbank (C) and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov (L) and Anatoly Ivanishin sit in their spacesuits at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 14, 2011. The crew of US astronaut Daniel Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin blasted off on Monday to restore a full crew to the ISS. [Photo/Agencies] 

Russia's manned Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft successfully launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan Monday, according to Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos.

It is carrying three new crew for the International Space Station (ISS), Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin from Russia and Daniel Burbank from the United States.

The launch, which was conducted as planned at 08:14 Moscow time (0414 GMT), had been delayed for almost two months after a Progress cargo craft crash in August.

Roscosmos said the spacecraft reached its planned orbit nine minutes after lift-off and had begun its two-day flight to the ISS.

All the spacecraft's systems were working normally and the crew felt well, a Baikonur source told Itar-Tass news agency.

The docking with Poisk module of the ISS's Russian segment is slated for 09:33 Moscow time (0533 GMT) on Wednesday.

The new crew members will join Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Japanese Space Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and NASA astronaut Michael Fossum, who have been working in orbit since early June.

The crew planned to celebrate the ISS's 75,000th orbit of earth, said Russian cosmonaut Shkaplerov before the launch.

They will conduct 37 experiments, including orbiting the Chibis micro-satellite, which studies gamma-radiation generated by lightning in the atmosphere. 

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