Next space station crew to write history for Canada
The next international crew destined to live aboard the space station, including the first Canadian that will command the complex, flew to the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday to begin final preparations for launch.
Chris Hadfield from the Canadian Space Agency, NASA's Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko jetted from the Star City training facility outside Moscow to the launch base in Kazakhstan as their Dec. 19 blastoff aboard Soyuz TMA-07M nears.
All veteran space fliers, Hadfield and Marshburn were former space shuttle crewmembers and Romanenko was aboard the station as its resident team doubled to the full six-person size.
Their launch is planned for 1212 GMT (7:12 a.m. EST) on Dec. 19, rocketing into orbit atop the three-stage Soyuz booster in pursuit of the station for docking Dec. 21 at 1421 GMT (9:21 a.m. EST).
From left: Hadfield, Romanenko and Marshburn