Soyuz Rolls to Pad; Expedition 21/22; Update: Lift-Off!

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France/US)

Vosyem, Dyevyat', Dyesyat'...
Lift off!!
Expedition 22 Enroute to ISS.
On a perfect launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:52 p.m. EST

Wow, almost like a nuclear "Telsa spark" [Enlarge]

Image: NASA: Bill Ingalls

Onboard Soyuz: NASA Flight Engineer Timothy J. Creamer of the U.S., Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov of Russia; and Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi of Japan... The Soyuz is set to dock to the station at 4:58pET Tueday. To follow the crew on orbit, visit: NASA Station
about 3 hours ago

Update at top:
Soyuz Rolls to the Pad VIEW
Mon: 12.21; 3:52a.m. (Kazakhstan)

Expedition 21 and 22 crews:
-set up & activate new research facilities
-Fluids I.R.M. Science RR-1: from STS-128
-activate COLBERT
-unberth the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle
-welcome a new Russian docking module, two shuttle crews, & Progress resupply ship
[PRESS Release -PDF]

Image:NASA: Bill Ingalls

Watch it LIVE: NASAtv

A total of nine long-term residents will span the Expedition 21 and 22 timeframe, welcoming 13 guests. These comings and goings are indicative of the fast-paced traffic pattern that will continue as the space station transitions from construction site to research center.

Pioneers, working to perfect the earth colony vision...

VIDEO: From earlier recording...
Astronaut (Expedition 22 Commander) Jeff Williams (US) mounts two HD camcorders together and gives an interesting perspective flying through the (ISS).

"The next set of overlapping crews to live and work aboard the International Space Station will continue its evolution from orbiting outpost to multidisciplinary laboratory, activating recently delivered research facilities, integrating new supply lines and enhancing living conditions." [PDF]

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