Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty

Jason Davis headshot v.2

New crew arrives at station for holidays

Posted by Jason Davis

21-12-2012 11:26 CST

Topics: mission status, human spaceflight, International Space Station, Russian human spaceflight

The International Space Station is back to a six-person crew for the holidays following the arrival of NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Roman Romanenko. Hatches on the station's Rassvet module were opened at 11:37 a.m. EST (1537 UTC) as the station cruised silently over the South Pacific. 

Warm welcome for Soyuz TMA-07M


Warm welcome for Soyuz TMA-07M
The new crewmembers of Expedition 34 gather inside the station for traditional welcome calls from Earth. Front, from left: Chris Hadfield, Roman Romanenko and Tom Marshburn. Rear, from left: Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin.

Greeting the crew of Soyuz TMA-07M was NASA commander Kevin Ford and Russian flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin. The six crewmembers gathered inside the station for their traditional welcome call from ground controllers, space agency officials and family members. 

The second half of Expedition 34 began with a chilly Wednesday launch from Baikonur, Kazhakstan at 6:12 p.m. local time (7:12 a.m. EST, 1212 UTC). Temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 17 degrees Celsius) at liftoff, with wind chills as low as minus 30. Once in space, the Soyuz capsule closed on the orbital outpost for two days, docking Friday morning at 9:09 a.m. EST (1409 UTC) over Northern Kazhakstan. 

Expedition 34 lasts through March 2013, when Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin return to Earth. At that point, Chris Hadfield will take command of the station, marking the first time a Canadian has been in charge of the ISS.

See other posts from December 2012


Or read more blog entries about: mission status, human spaceflight, International Space Station, Russian human spaceflight


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

There's More to Explore!

Double your Impact

Are you coming with us? Support our year-end giving campaign and matching funds will double your impact up to $100,000.

Respond by January 15 to double your impact on space exploration!

Donate Today

Featured Images

Hayabusa2 image of Earth and the Moon, November 26, 2015
DSCOVR EPIC image of Earth, November 26, 2015
Orion ESM test article
LightSail-B on the bench
More Images

Featured Video

MISSIONS: Dawn In The Asteroid Belt With Marc Rayman

Watch Now

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Selfies to Space!

Take flight with a selfie on LightSail™ in 2016!

Send a Selfie Now

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!