Soyuz FG | Soyuz TMA-18

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-18 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was on Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT 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-18

Soyuz TMA-18 begins Expedition 23 by carrying 3 astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station. Russian Commander, cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov alongside Flight Engineers,Mikhail Korniyenko (RSA) & Tracy Caldwell Dyson (NASA) will launch aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and then rendezvous with the station. It landed on 25 September 2010, 05:23 UTC

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

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

Tracy Caldwell Dyson

Tracy Caldwell Dyson

Flight Engineer - American

Tracy Caldwell Dyson is an American chemist and NASA astronaut. Caldwell Dyson was a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118 in August 2007. She was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station between April 4, 2010 and September 25, 2010. She has completed three spacewalks, logging more than 22 hrs of EVA including work to replace a malfunctioning coolant pump.

Mikhail Kornienko

Mikhail Kornienko

Flight Engineer - Russian

Mikhail Borisovich Kornienko (Михаил Борисович Корниенко; born 15 April 1960) is a Russian cosmonaut. Kornienko served as a flight engineer on the International Space Station during Expedition 23/24 and was selected along with Scott Kelly for a year-long mission aboard the ISS.

Aleksandr Skvortsov

Aleksandr Skvortsov

Commander - Russian

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov (Russian: Aлександр Aлександрович Скворцов; born May 6, 1966) is a Russian cosmonaut. He has had two spaceflights, which were long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station. His first spaceflight took place from April to September 2010, and was launched with the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-18. He arrived at the station part way through Expedition 23, of which Oleg Kotov was the Commander. When Expedition 24 began in June, Skvortsov became Commander.

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