|Russian Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft docked to the ISS.
On March 29, 2013 at 02:28 UTC the "Soyuz TMA-08M” spacecraft docked with the Russian "Poisk” module of the International Space Station in automatic regime just only 5 hours and 45 minutes after launch.
The Soyuz TMA-08M delivered three new members of Expedition 35 to the ISS, Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin as well as American astronaut Christopher Cassidy.
The hatches between the spacecraft and the station were opened at 04:35 UTC.
photo by NASA
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|Russia launched Soyuz TMA-08M manned spacecraft.
On March 28, 2013 at 20:43 UTC (on March 29 at 00:43 Moscow time) the Russian "Soyuz TMA-08M” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian "Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier.
The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov (center); flight-engineer-1, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin (right); flight-engineer-2, American astronaut Christopher Cassidy (left).
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station just after 4 orbits.
Photo by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
|Russia Launches Mexican Telecoms Satellite.
On March 26, 2013 at 19:06 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the Mexican "Satmex-8” telecommunications satellite.
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|Dragon spacecraft undocking and landing.
On March 25, 2013 the space station astronauts closed the hatches leading into the "Dragon” unmanned supply spacecraft. On March 26, 2013 the station's robotic arm removed the capsule from a berthing port on the complex. Controlled by ground controllers and then astronaut Thomas Marshburn, the robotic arm let go of the "Dragon” resupply vehicle at 10:56 UTC.
On March 26, 2013 at 16:34 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at about 360 kilometers west of Baja California, Mexico.
Dragon's return date, originally scheduled for March 25, was postponed due to bad weather near its targeted splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean.
The Dragon delivered to Earth about 1200 kilograms (2668 pounds) of cargo.
It was the "SpaceX CRS-2” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services.