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THE EXPEDITION 31 SOYUZ ROCKET MOVES TO ITS LAUNCH PAD

The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft and its booster were moved to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a railcar on May 13, for final preparations prior to launch to the International Space Station on May 15 local time. The Soyuz TMA-04M will carry Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin. The trio will spend four months on the outpost, joining station Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers, who have been in orbit since December. The footage includes video of the Soyuz spacecraft's mating to its Soyuz booster rocket in Baikonur on May 12, and interviews with Eric Boe, Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office, JSC, and Kirk Shireman, ISS Deputy Program Manager.
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