Soyuz prepped for flight with three bound for station

November 23, 2014 7:26 PM

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Soyuz prepped for flight with three bound for station

In clear but frigid weather, Russian engineers hauled a Soyuz rocket to the launch pad Friday, setting the stage for launch Sunday on a six-hour flight to ferry a veteran Russian cosmonaut, a NASA shuttle pilot and a European rookie to the International Space Station, boosting the lab's crew back to six and kicking off a busy winter of research and assembly work.

Soyuz TMA-15M commander Anton Shkaplerov, flanked by flight engineer Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronaut Terry Virts, are scheduled for liftoff from complex 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:01:14 p.m. EST (GMT-5; 3:01 a.m. Monday local time), roughly the moment Earth's rotation...

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