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BetaDust
2009-Mar-26, 10:55 AM
Space.com (http://www.space.com)



An astronaut, a cosmonaut and the first repeat space tourist are poised to launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) early Thursday.
NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and paying American billionaire Charles Simonyi are due to liftoff Thursday aboard a Soyuz TMA-14 rocket from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT). More... (http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/090325-exp19-prelaunch.html)


Live Webcast at Nasa TV (http://www.nasa.gov/ntv).

BetaDust
2009-Mar-26, 11:19 AM
T- 30 Min. until Launch.

BetaDust
2009-Mar-26, 11:39 AM
T- 10 Min. until Launch.

Live TV Feed: NasaTV (http://www.nasa.gov)
Space.com Coverage. (http://www.space.com/ISS/)
TMA-14 on Wikipedia. Soyuz TMA-14 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_TMA-14).

BetaDust
2009-Mar-26, 11:45 AM
T- 5 Minutes.

BetaDust
2009-Mar-26, 11:50 AM
Launch!!!


LIFTOFF! Soyuz Rocket Launches Toward Station
26 March 2009 7:49 a.m. EDT

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying space tourist Charles Simonyi and Expedition 19 crewmembers Michael Barratt and Gennady Padalka has launched toward space to begin a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

From space.com (http://www.space.com/ISS/)

BetaDust
2009-Mar-26, 12:00 PM
3rd. Stage sep. confirmed.

And they are in orbit!

01101001
2009-Mar-26, 12:17 PM
3rd. Stage sep. confirmed.

And they are in orbit!

Along with 3 at the ISS on 7 on the shuttle, for 13 total, first accomplished in 1995.

It's crowded up there.

Launch window
2009-Mar-26, 01:12 PM
Great news!
Charles Simonyi loved it so much he went twice

ravens_cry
2009-Mar-26, 08:27 PM
Great news!
Charles Simonyi loved it so much he went twice
Can't say I blame him. If I had the moolah to do so, you can bet your last dollar I would go again and again.

KaiYeves
2009-Mar-26, 11:06 PM
Lucky 13!

slang
2009-Mar-27, 12:27 AM
Thanks for the heads up, BetaDust, I would have missed the launch otherwise. It looks like a bumpy ride to me, with some severe jolts.

BetaDust
2009-Mar-28, 12:00 PM
From Space.com (http://www.space.com)
A new station crew and space tourist are closing in on the International Space Station (ISS) and due to catch up with the orbiting lab Saturday after launching two days earlier.

Expedition 19 commander Gennady Padalka is set to guide a Russian Soyuz spacecraft into a port at the station at 9:15 a.m. ET (1315 GMT). The vehicle, which lifted off Thursday at 7:49 a.m. ET (1149 GMT) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, will also ferry flight engineer Michael Barratt of NASA and paying civilian Charles Simonyi, the first repeat space tourist, to the station.

Life coverage here (http://www.nasa.gov/ntv).

BetaDust
2009-Mar-28, 01:29 PM
Docked!!

From Nasa.gov (http://www.nasa.gov)
Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt of the 19th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station at 9:05 a.m. EDT Saturday.

Hatches between the two spacecraft will be opened at 12:10 p.m. A welcome ceremony and a safety briefing for the new arrivals will follow.

The new crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:49 a.m. EDT Thursday to begin a six-month stay in space. More... (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/)

From Space.com (http://www.space.com)

DOCKING! Soyuz Pulls In to Space Station
28 March 2009 9:00 a.m. EDT

Commander Gennady Padalka steered his Soyuz TMA-14 craft into port at the International Space Station at 9:05 a.m. ET (1305 GMT), about 9 minutes ahead of schedule.

The Soyuz is carrying space tourist Charles Simonyi and new Expedition 19 crewmembers Gennady Padalka and Michael Barratt.

The Soyuz launched on Thursday from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Click here for SPACE.com’s preview of the Expedition 19 docking. More... (http://www.space.com/ISS/)

--Dennis

BetaDust
2009-Mar-28, 02:37 PM
Leak Checks Underway.

From Space.com (http://www.space.com)

Leak Checks Underway Between Soyuz and Station
28 March 2009 9:25 a.m. EDT

The hooks and latches between the Soyuz TMA-14 the International Space Station are now closed in a hard mate.

Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Michael Barratt must make sure that there are no leaks between the Soyuz and station before they can open the hatches and step through.

Padalka steered the Soyuz into port at the International Space Station at 9:05 a.m. ET (1305 GMT), about 9 minutes ahead of schedule. More... (http://www.space.com/ISS/)

From Nasa.gov. (http://www.nasa.gov)

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt of the 19th International Space Station crew docked their Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station at 9:05 a.m. EDT Saturday.

Hatches between the two spacecraft will be opened at 12:10 p.m. A welcome ceremony and a safety briefing for the new arrivals will follow.

The new crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:49 a.m. EDT Thursday to begin a six-month stay in space. More... (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/)

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/5516/tma14.jpg

--Dennis

01101001
2009-Mar-28, 02:52 PM
Wow. They didn't even have time to clean up from their last visitors. The place must be a wreck. Oh, that's right they're just turning over the keys to the new guys. They can clean it up.

BetaDust
2009-Mar-28, 04:43 PM
The Hatch is open!

From Space.com (http://www.space.com)
Space Tourist, New Crew Enter Station
28 March 2009 12:36 p.m. EDT

The hatches between the International Space Station and Soyuz TMA-14 are open, and space tourist Charles Simonyi and the new Expedition 19 crew have entered the orbital laboratory.

The spaceflyers were greeted with hugs and hellos from the station's Expedition 18 crew. The new arrivals entered through the space station's Zvezda module. A welcome ceremony is coming up with congratulatory calls from family and officials back on Earth. Current station commander Michael Fincke will lead a safety briefing to familiarize the newcomers with the space station.

Hatch opening was late at about 12:36 p.m. EDT (1636 GMT). More.. (http://www.space.com/ISS/).

KaiYeves
2009-Mar-28, 08:58 PM
One goes down, one comes up. Just like Hydra heads, only much friendlier.