Archive - Dec 15, 2010
Expedition 26 Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman is seated in the Soyuz TMA-20 during its ascent to orbit. Coleman and Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Paolo Nespoli (both out of frame) launched on time to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV
While three Expedition 26 crew members are hard at work in space, another trio is preparing for a 2:09 p.m. EST (1:09 a.m. Thursday, Baikonur time) launch today from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri are conducting a Russian experiment designed to detect depressurization. The experiment’s purpose is to increase spaceflight safety by detecting pressure leaks inside a spacecraft and understanding how they occur.