Launch Updates - Analytical Graphics, Inc.

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New Launch: 2011 November 14, 1114 UTC
Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launcher: Soyuz-U
International Designator(s): 2011-067A
SSC Name Owner
37877 SOYUZ-TMA 22 CIS

"After exhaustive work to recover from a dramatic August launch failure, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut blasted off in blizzard-like conditions late Sunday on a delayed flight to the International Space Station, the program's first manned launching since the U.S. shuttle was retired.

"Amid steady snow, the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft roared to life at 11:14:03 p.m. EST (GMT-5; 10:14:03 a.m. Monday local time) and quickly climbed away from its frigid launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Trailing a brilliant jet of flame from its core stage and strap-on boosters, the rocket disappeared into low clouds a few moments after liftoff."

"A few minutes later, the third stage ignited and continued boosting the Soyuz capsule to orbital velocity. A third stage failure in August led to the destruction of an unmanned Progress supply ship, but it was smooth sailing Sunday and about nine minutes after liftoff, the capsule separated from the booster rocket's upper stage and its two solar arrays unfolded as planned.

"If all goes well, Shkaplerov will oversee an automated rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station around 12:33 a.m. Wednesday."

Source: Spaceflight Now, "Three men fly Soyuz capsule to space from snowy pad"

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