On May 28, 2013 at 20:31 UTC (on May 29 at 00:31 Moscow time) the Russian "Soyuz TMA-09M” 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 Fjodor Yurchikhin (center); flight-engineer, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano (right); flight-engineer, American astronaut Karen Nyberg (left).
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station just after 4 orbits.
Photo by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
Yurchikhin, Parmitano and Nyberg will join cur
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