September 29, 2009.
S.P. Korolev Baikonur Branch Office, Baikonur Cosmodrome
The State Commission held its meeting at Baikonur launch site where the primary and backup crews for Soyuz TMA-16 were approved and the readiness of the space launcher system was confirmed.
At the suggestion of the Head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Center S.K Krikalev, the State Commission approved
the proposed composition of the primary and backup crews.
Prime crew: ISS Flight Engineer, Commander
of the Soyuz TMA TS, RFAF Colonel, Commander of Cosmonauts
Corps Team, NII CTC after Yu A. Gagarin, Russia Maxim
Viktorovich Suraev; ISS-21 Flight Engineer, ISS-22 Commander, Soyuz TMA TSC Flight
Engineer, US AF Colonel, NASA Astronaut, Lyndon B. Johnson
Space Center, USA Jeffrey
Nels Williams; participant of space flight, Canada Guy
Backup crew: ISS Flight Engineer, Soyuz
TMA TSV Commander, RF AF Lieutenant - Colonel, Military
Pilot, 1st Class,Test Cosmonaut, NII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin,
Aleksandrovich Skvortsov; ISS Commander, Soyuz TMA TSV
Flight Engineer, NASA astronaut, USA Shannon
B. Walker; Space Flight participant, USA Barbara
The members of the primary and backup crews reported their readiness for the mission.
The launch of the integrated space vehicle Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-16 is scheduled for September 30, 2009 at 11 hours 14 minutes 42 seconds Moscow Time.