Expedition 37 Crew Arrives Safely At Space Station

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WATCH DOCKING LIVE AT 10:48 PM

ABOVE LIVE STREAM: The Soyuz TMA-10M vehicle docked with the space station’s Poisk mini-research module at 10:48 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage of hatch-opening coverage begins at midnight.

UPDATE: SEPT 25, 2013, 10:45 p.m.

At 10:45 p.m. EDT, the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft docked with the International Space Station’s Poisk module. Three new Expedition 37 crew members — Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy — join the current crew aboard the space station following the hatch opening.

Live stream coverage of the hatch opening and welcome ceremony begins at midnight EDT.

UPDATE: SEPT. 25, 2013 

Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are en route to the International Space Station following a 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) liftoff aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. They will complete the Expedition 37 crew when they dock to the Poisk mini-research module just four orbits later at 10:48 p.m EDT. NASA TV coverage of docking begins at 10 p.m. EDT; hatch-opening coverage begins at midnight. (NASA image)

Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are en route to the International Space Station following a 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) liftoff aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. They will complete the Expedition 37 crew when they dock to the Poisk mini-research module just four orbits later at 10:48 p.m EDT. NASA TV coverage of docking begins at 10 p.m. EDT; hatch-opening coverage begins at midnight. (NASA image)

Cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy, together with NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, launched on board the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft this afternoon at 4:58 p.m. EDT for a same day arrival at with the International Space Station.

Riding atop a Soyuz-FG booster, the three lifted off from Roscosmos’ Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Flying a four-orbit rendezvous, the Soyuz TMA-10M vehicle is scheduled to dock with the space station’s Poisk mini-research module at 10:48 p.m. EDT.

STAY TUNED TO SPACE COASTDAILY.COM FOR YOUR COVERAGE

NASA.gov – SpaceCoastDaily.com, via NASA Television, will provide extensive coverage live from Kazakhstan of today’s launch of three crew members of Expedition 37-38, as they begin their journey to the International Space Station.

Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will depart from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft headed for the International Space Station. (NASA.gov image)

Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will depart from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft headed for the International Space Station. (NASA.gov image)

Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will depart from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft headed for the space station.

NASA Television coverage will begin at 4 p.m. and will include video of pre-launch activities leading up to spacecraft boarding.

NASA Television coverage will begin at 4 p.m. and will include video of pre-launch activities leading up to spacecraft boarding.

Hopkins and Ryazanskiy are flight engineers, and Kotov commands the Soyuz spacecraft, which will rendezvous with the space station and dock after four orbits of Earth.

Docking to the Poisk module on the Russian segment of the station will take place at 10:47 p.m. NASA TV coverage of docking will begin at 10 p.m.

Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will depart from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft headed for the International Space Station. (NASA.gov image)

Michael Hopkins of NASA and Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will depart from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 4:58 p.m. EDT (2:58 a.m. Kazakh time Sept. 26) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft headed for the International Space Station. (NASA.gov image)

At about 12:25 a.m. Sept. 26, hatches between the Soyuz and the space station will open. Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, as well as Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency will greet Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy.

Hatch-opening coverage begins on NASA TV at midnight.

Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will remain aboard the station until mid-March. Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano, who have been aboard the orbiting laboratory since late May, will return to Earth Nov. 11, leaving Kotov as commander of Expedition 38.

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