Launch time: 04:04 GMT (12:04 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the manned Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the crew.
Caldwell Dyson, Skvortsov and Korniyenko
Soyuz TMA-18 Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_TMA-18
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Quoted from: http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id= ... 14&lang=enSoyuz TMA-18: Autonomous Tests Completed Successfully (27.02.2010)
Autonomous tests of the Soyuz TMA-18 crew vehicle systems were successfully completed at Baikonur. Space industry commenced integrated tests of the vehicle to verify interaction between the systems.
Filling station, site 31, is being prepared for further tanking of the Soyuz propulsion system by propellant components ad pressurized gases.
Soyuz-FG with Soyuz TMA-18 atop is planned for launch on April 2. The vehicle is to deliver 3 crew to the International Space Station.
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