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Expedition 43 Soyuz Rolls Out for Launch

Expedition 43 Soyuz Rolls Out for Launch

Expedition 43 Soyuz Rolls Out for Launch

Expedition 43 Soyuz Rolls Out for Launch

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The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, and Russian Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 28, Kazakh time (March 27 Eastern time.) As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016.

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Video: Expedition 43 Soyuz Rocket Moves to Its Launch Pad

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft and its booster were moved to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan March 25 for final preparations before launch to the International Space Station on March 27 U.S. time (March 28, Kazakh time). The Soyuz TMA-16M will carry Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly to the orbital complex, where Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year conducting research on the long duration effects of space travel on the human body. The footage also includes scenes of Kelly meeting with his family and other invited guests at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters.

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Expedition 42 Returns to Earth

Expedition 42 Returns to Earth

Expedition 42 Returns to Earth

Expedition 42 Returns to Earth

Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with International Space Station Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The landing took place on the evening of Wednesday, March 11 in the U.S, and early in the morning on Thursday, March 12, in Kazakhstan.

The three crew members returned to Earth after a 167-day mission on the orbital outpost that included hundreds of scientific experiments and several spacewalks to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future arrivals by U.S. commercial crew spacecraft.

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Video: Astronauts emerge from Soyuz after six months on ISS

Extracted from the capsule, which was charred on re-entry, the three were seated in semi-reclined chairs for a breath of fresh air and first medical checks, bundled up in blankets to protect them from frigid temperatures.

‘Everything is great, thank you. The guys are great and worked very well,’ said a smiling Serova while a female doctor measured her pulse and blood pressure.

‘Congratulations on the recent holiday,’ a rescue and recovery team officer said to Serova, referring to the International Women’s Day marked on 8 March.

‘Everything is fine. I am drinking real tea with lemon,’ Samokutyaev said with a smile.

‘I am glad to be here,’ Wilmore said in Russian before the three got into all-terrain vehicles and were taken to individual helicopters to be evacuated from the landing area.

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