A massive rocket tipped with a Soyuz Spacecraft is rolled from its protective hanger to the remote launch pad where soon t will blast off and take its American, Russian and Italian crew to rendezvous with the International Space Station.
The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft and its booster were moved to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a railcar March 26 for final preparations before launch to the International Space Station on March 29, Kazakhstan time. The Soyuz TMA-08M will carry Expedition 35/36 Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov, NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy and Russian Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin to the orbital outpost. The trio will spend five and a half months on the laboratory, joining station Commander Chris Hadfield of Canadian Space Agency, Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA and Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko, who have been in orbit since late December. The footage also includes interviews with Bob Behnken, NASA Chief Astronaut, and Mike Fossum, Associate Director of Flight Crew Operations, Johnson Space Center.
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 35/36 NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy, Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Russian Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin, along with backup crew members Oleg Kotov, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Michael Hopkins, participated in a final fit check of their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft and other pre-launch activities on March 23, after the encapsulation of the spacecraft in the upper stage of its booster rocket on March 22. The three Soyuz rocket booster stages were then integrated on March 25. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station at 4:43 p.m. EDT on March 28 (2:43 a.m. on March 29, Kazakhstan time).