On October 23, 2012 at 10:51 UTC the Russian "Soyuz TMA-06M” 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 Oleg Novitskiy (center); flight-engineer-1, Russian cosmonaut Evgeny Tarelkin (right); flight-engineer-2, American astronaut Kevin Ford (left).
Photo by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on October 25.
Novitskiy, Tarelkin and Ford will join current ISS expedition members, Russian cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko American astronaut Sunita Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide to form Expedition 33 crew of 6 members.