Expedition 25 Launches to International Space Station
Expedition 25 Soyuz Commander Alexander Kaleri, NASA Flight Engineer Scott Kelly and Russian Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka were launched on the Russian Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft on Oct. 8 (Oct. 7, U.S. time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to begin a two-day journey to the International Space Station. The trio will dock to the station Oct. 10 (Oct. 9, U.S. time) to start a six-month tour on the orbiting laboratory, joining station Commander Doug Wheelock, and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin, who have been in orbit since June.
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Mark Kelly, NASA Astronaut (Brother of Scott Kelly)
(:18) It was exciting to watch him rocket off into space one more time. It’s the third time I've seen him do this. He’s certainly having a really exciting time right now, especially that first eight-and-a-half minutes of a rocket ride into space, it’s just an incredible experience and it was great for all of us to get to see it.
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(:30) He’ll be a great commander. He’s got a crew of…six crew members when he takes over from Doug Wheelock in about five weeks. He’s got a really busy mission. I mean, he’s got an ATV mission showing up, an HTV, two space shuttles, a progress, robotic arm operations. Ya know, when combined maybe six EVAs when he’s the commander of ISS so he’s going to have a very busy time and I think it’s going to be a very rewarding experience for him.
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