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Soyuz TMA-18was launched From the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the ISS. / April 5, 2010 /

The Soyuz TMA-18 with three crew members on board was launched to the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome. It will deliver to orbit the Russians Aleksandr Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, as well as an American Tracy Caldwell Dyson.

The missile was made in 08:04 Moscow time. It specifies the «Interfax», in 08:13 Soyuz TMA-18 separated from the third stage booster rocket Soyuz-FG rocket and went into the designed orbit. Docking with the ISS is scheduled for April 4. It should take place in 09:26 Moscow time.

Skvortsov and Kornienko Russians flew in space for the first time. For an American Tracy Caldwell Dyson is the second flight. For the first time she flew into space in 2007 on the shuttle Endeavour. Crews will be on the ISS for six months. Return of the Soyuz TMA-18 "to be held on September 16.

During his stay on the International Space Station astronauts to take three cargo spacecraft «Progress M» and three space shuttle. They also carry out two spacewalks. One will be taken from the Russian segment, the other — from the U.S.. Also the Russians to be docked and integrate into the station module «Dawn» (MIM-1).

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