On December 19, 2012 at 12:12 UTC the Russian "Soyuz TMA-07M” 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 Roman Romanenko (center); flight-engineer-1, Canadian astronaut Christopher Hadfield (right); flight-engineer-2, American astronaut Thomas Marshburn (left).
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on December 21, 2012. The crew will reach the ISS in a traditional 'long' trip, which will take two days, though a short trip is also possible.
Photo by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
Roman Romanenko, Christopher Hadfield and Thomas Marshburn will join current ISS expedition members Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin as well as American astronaut Kevin Ford to form Expedition 34 crew of 6 members.