On December 15, 2010 at 19:09 UTC the "Soyuz FG” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket-carrier orbited the "Soyuz TMA-20” spacecraft with the crew – commander Dmitriy KONDRATJEV (Russia); flight-engineer Catherine COLEMAN (USA); flight-engineer Paolo NESPOLI (Italy).
photo of Russian Cosmonaut Training Center
The space vehicle is to carry the crew to the International Space Station. The "Soyuz TMA-20” spacecraft is to dock with the ISS at about 9 p.m. UTC on December 17, 2010. The "Soyuz TMA-20” crew will join their colleagues Alexander Kaleri, Oleg Skripochka and Scott Kelly who have been working aboard the ISS since October 2010.