On May 15, 2012 at 03:01 UTC the Russian"Soyuz TMA-04M” 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 Gennadiy Padalka (center); flight-engineer, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Revin (left); flight-engineer, American astronaut Joseph Acaba (right).
Photo by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on June 17. Padalka , Revin and Acaba will join current ISS expedition members, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, American astronaut Donald Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers (the Netherlands) to form Expedition 31 crew of 6 members.