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Ovchinin Alexey
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March 29, 2013.
Soyuz TMA-08M docked with the ISS 6 hours after the launch!

The Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-08M has docked with the International Space Station (ISS).

Approach to the space station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and docking were performed normally, in automatic mode.

The initial contact with the docking port on the research module MRM2 Poisk of the Russian segment of the ISS occurred at 06:28:22 Moscow Time.

The mission control and the monitoring of the spacecraft systems status during rendezvous and docking were provided by the Lead Operations Control Team working at the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M). The Flight Director is the RSC Energia First Deputy General Designer V.A. Soloviev.

The final flight operations in the course of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with the space station were supervised by the Chairman of the State Commission for manned systems flight tests, the head of Roskosmos V.A. Popovkin and the Technical Manager for flight tests of manned space systems, the RSC Energia President and General Designer V.A. Lopota.

After a leak test of the spacecraft compartments and the docking unit, and equalization of pressure between the space station and the spacecraft, the transfer hatches were opened. The spacecraft crew transferred to the Russian segment of the ISS.

A joint international crew of the 35-th Expedition (ISS-35) began its work on-board the space station: cosmonauts Roman Romanenko, Pavel Vinogradov, Alexandr Misurkin (Roskosmos), astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Christopher Cassidy (NASA), Chris Hadfield (Canadian Space Agency).

On-board systems of the ISS, and spacecraft Progress M-17M, Progress M-18M, Soyuz TMA-07M, Soyuz TMA-08M operate normally.

Present at MCC-M during the final operations of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with ISS were representatives of Roscosmos, and foreign space agencies.

 

For information:

  1. RSC Energia is the prime organization for developing and operating the ISS Russian segment, its modules and spacecraft Soyuz TMA and Progress M.
  2. Working at present within ISS are 5 Russian-made modules (Zarya, Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet) and 4 Russian transportation spacecraft.

 

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