Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Three Atop Soyuz Rocket Await 8:16 AM Blastoff

A Russian, an American and a European are onboard a Soyuz FG rocket at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today as clocks tick toward a launch to the International Space Station.

Oleg Kononenko, Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers rode a bus from crew quarters to the launch pad earlier today and then climbed aboard a Soyuz spacecraft mounted on top of the rocket. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:16 a.m. EST.

You can watch live coverage of the launch of the next three members of the Expedition 30 crew here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box on the right to launch our NASA TV viewer. Already onboard the outpost: U.S. astronaut Dan Burbank and two Russian cosmonauts -- Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov.

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