Soyuz Launches with Three Astronauts Bound for the ISS, the Last Canadian for Seven Years

This will also likely be the last trip to take two days

By on December 19th, 2012 13:13 GMT

The Soyuz TMA-07M has been launched into space and it is on its way to meet with the ISS two days from now. The Soyuz rocket carrying the capsule launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a short while ago.

Aboard the Soyuz capsule are three members of Expedition 34, the mission currently underway, who will remain aboard the ISS for a short while during Expedition 35.

NASA's Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko from the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, who will take command of the ISS during the first part of Expedition 35, the first Canadian to do so.

He will be the last Canadian on the ISS for years to come as another slot has been allotted in 2019. The TMA-07M is also likely to be the last capsule to take two days to reach the ISS.

The next flight of the Soyuz TMA-08M capsule, scheduled for March 28, 2013 will take just six hours from launch to coupling to the ISS, as it will be relying on a new rendezvous profile pioneered with the Progress resupply ships launched earlier this year.

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