On July 15, 2012 at 02:40 UTC the Russian "Soyuz TMA-05M” 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 Yuri Malenchenko (center); flight-engineer, American astronaut Sunita Williams (right); flight-engineer, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide (left).
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on July 17.
Photo by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
Malenchenko, Williams and Hoshide will join current ISS expedition members, Russian cosmonauts Gennadiy Padalka and Sergey Revin as well as American astronaut Joseph Acaba to form Expedition 32 crew of 6 members.