Soyuz FG | Soyuz TMA-15M

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) launch of a Soyuz-FG Rocket

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Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) was scheduled to launch a Soyuz-FG rocket as part of the Soyuz TMA-15M mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Sun, Nov 23rd, 2014, 4:01 PM EST from 1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz-FG and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Soyuz TMA-15M

Soyuz TMA-15M begins expedition 42 by carrying 3 astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station. Russian Commander, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov alongside Flight Engineers, Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA) & Terry W. Virts (NASA) will launch aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and then rendezvous with the station. It landed on 11 June 2015 13:44 UTC

Location

1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Soyuz

The Soyuz FG rocket is an expendable launch vehicle most commonly known for carrying humans to the International Space Station today.

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.

Crew

Anton Shkaplerov

Anton Shkaplerov

Commander - Russian

Anton Nikolaevich Shkaplerov (Russian: Антон Николаевич Шкаплеров) (born February 20, 1972 in Sevastopol, Ukrainian SSR) is a Russian cosmonaut. He is a veteran of three spaceflights and is a former Commander of the International Space Station.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti

Flight Engineer - Italian

Samantha Cristoforetti born 26 April 1977 in Milan) is an Italian European Space Agency astronaut, Italian Air Force pilot and engineer. She holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours), and until June 2017 held the record for the longest single space flight by a woman until this was broken by Peggy Whitson. She is also the first Italian woman in space. Samantha Cristoforetti is also known as the first person who brewed an espresso in space.

Terry W. Virts

Terry W. Virts

Flight Engineer - American

Terry W. Virts Jr. is a former NASA astronaut, and Colonel in the United States Air Force.

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