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Expedition 32 Soyuz TMA-05M Spacecraft Joins Its Booster Rocket

The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft was mated to its booster rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 11 as part of final preparations before launch to the International Space Station on July 15. The Soyuz TMA-05M will carry Expedition 32/33 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA Flight Engineer Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to the orbital outpost. The trio will spend four months on the laboratory, joining station Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Russian Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, who have been in orbit since mid-May.
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