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"Yuri Gagarin" was successfully launched from Baikonur.. / April 5, 2011 /

50 years after Yuri Gagarin’s famous «Let’s go!» Said the commander of the Soyuz TMA-21 Alexander Samokutyaev when the rocket Soyuz-FG launch pulled away from the table.

Today, in 02 hours 18 minutes 20 seconds Moscow time from pl. Baikonur launched a rocket Soyuz-FG with the manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-21. On board the ship is the crew 27/28 lengthy expeditions to the International Space Station. The ship got its own name «Yuri Gagarin» in honor of the first cosmonaut.

After about 9 minutes after launch vehicle was successfully launched into orbit.

For the first time in space the astronauts went to the Federal Space Agency Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrei Borisenko. For NASA astronaut Ronald Garan began the second space flight.

Successful further flight crew chief wished Federal Space Agency Anatoly Perminov, N., who all this time there was a direct connection with Samokutyaevym, Borisenko and Guarani.

Alexander, Andrew, Ronald wish you good luck! "- Said Anatoly.

Launch took place on the launch pad at Baikonur which is called «Gagarin’s Start». It was here 50 years ago, April 12, 1961, began the world’s first manned flight.

«The fact that the Soyuz TMA-21 launched from the» Gagarin «complex, makes this launch even more festive,» — said one of the honored guests, which are now at the Baikonur set.

Among them — Jaures Ivanovich Alferov — physicist, Nobel Prize winner, Pavel Astakhov — authorized the Presidential Council for Child Rights, Sergei Ilgizovich Zagidullin — Chief Federal Inspector in the Moscow region the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in Central Federal District, Sergey Lukyanenko — famous writer Science fiction, Irina Rodnina — Soviet figure skater, three-time Olympic champion, deputy chairman of the committee
State Duma Committee on Education, Leonid Roshal — Doctors of the World, director of the Moscow Institute of Emergency Children’s Surgery and Traumatology, member of Commission on Human Rights under President of Russian Federation, Oxana Fedorova, G. — television presenter, president of the «Hasten to do good!» And others.

With admiration for the start of watching a young artist from French Guiana, a 12-year-old Marcel Santos Kyle Riess. His name is already inscribed in the history of space, thanks to the emblem with a portrait of Yuri Gagarin, which drew Marseille for the crew of the Soyuz TMA-21. Won an international competition Roskosmos, the boy received a gift this trip.

"The launch complex in Baikonur is very similar to the site launch of the Soyuz in Guiana. But as the rocket takes off, «Union» I have seen for the first time. It’s awesome! "- Recognized Marcel Santos Kyle Riess.

Soyuz TMA-21 «must stop at the module MIM-2» Search "ISS on the night of April 7.
As told in his blog on the site Roskosmos commander of ISS-27 Dmitri Kondratiev, the station got everything ready for the arrival of three crew members.

«To meet the new crew we have prepared a cabin on the Russian and American segments differently positioned the table in the mess that all six men were able to easily accommodate around» — said Dmitry.
On the day of Astronautics, April 12, all six cosmonauts and astronauts to the station to take part in a number of events dedicated to the 50 th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin.

"We are, in principle, become thus the person who will embody the theme of this festival … 12 April we will be on the ISS, we have it planned several conferences, held a teleconference with TsUPami partners in the ISS program. Something is planned to publicize the holiday with children from different countries. And we should understand that for us it will be very exciting … "- told in a preflight interview to the press service of Russian Federal Space Agency commander of the Soyuz TMA-21 Alexander Samokutyaev.

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