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October 11, 2008, Baikonur launch site, branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia

A session of the State Commission was held. The Head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center V.V.Tsibliev made a report on the crew readiness for the mission. The President and General Designer of the S.P.Korolev RSC Energia V.A.Lopota made a report on the readiness of the integrated launch vehicle/manned spacecraft system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz-TMA for further pre-launch processing. The State Commission confirmed the primary and backup crews of Soyuz TMA-13 and ISS-18, and also made a decision to proceed with the preparation of the integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-13 for fueling and launch at the scheduled time - on October 12, 2008, at 11:01 Moscow Time.

The Prime Crew: the spacecraft commander, ISS-18 Flight Engineer 1, cosmonaut-tester of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russian Air Force Colonel Yuri Valentinovich Lonchakov; the spacecraft flight engineer, ISS-18 commander, NASA astronaut, US Air Force Colonel Michael Fincke; space flight participant of the ISS visiting mission, USA citizen Richard Garriott.

The Backup Crew: the spacecraft commander, ISS-18 commander, instructor-cosmonaut-tester of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russian Air Force Colonel Gennadi Ivanovich Padalka; the spacecraft flight engineer, ISS-18 flight engineer 1, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt; space flight participant of the ISS visiting mission, Australian citizen Nik Halik.

 

 

 

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