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Expedition 23 Launches from Kazakhstan

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Apr 2, 2010 9:44 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, all flight engineers, launched in their Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, April 2 at 12:04 a.m. EDT to begin a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

Less than 10 minutes after launch, their spacecraft reached orbit and its antennas and solar arrays were deployed.

Expedition 23 crew members launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image credit: NASA TV

Expedition 23 crew members launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image credit: NASA TV

Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov, NASA astronaut T.J. Creamer and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, both flight engineers, are currently the sole residents on the station, having arrived Dec. 22 aboard their Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft.

Caldwell Dyson, Skvortsov and Kornienko will complete the Expedition 23 crew when they dock to the station on April 4.

Space shuttle Discovery and the STS-131 crew are set to launch April 5 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and dock with the orbital laboratory April 7.

Discovery is delivering new science racks and ammonia tanks. While there, two shuttle astronauts will perform three spacewalks to switch out ammonia tanks on the station.

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