Meet The Three Space Men Set To Blast Off To The ISS In Record-Breaking 6 Hours

Category: Technology / Mar 28, 2013 11:43AM EDT
It’s time to meet the next three cosmonauts and astronauts who plan to call the International Space Station home. The three men greeted members of the media on Wednesday to talk about preparations for their upcoming launch. Astronaut Chris Cassidy of NASA, along with cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Aledander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), are scheduled to launch their Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1643 EDT, Thursday (0243 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan). The three men will make the 35th expedition to the ISS in just 6 hours, which is 8 times less than normal, due to a new docking procedure. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin will become the first station crew members to make an expedited six-hour trip to the orbiting laboratory, compared to the standard 2 day trek. The men will join Canadian Commander Chris Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, who are already living aboard the ISS. Video Source: Reuters