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Roll-out of the Soyuz launcher
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- Title Roll-out of the Soyuz launcher
- Released 13/12/2010 3:46 pm
- Copyright ESA - S. Corvaja, 2010
The Soyuz launcher carrying the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft is transfered to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, 13 December 2010. On 15 December 2010, it lofted ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli with Dmitri Kondratyev and Catherine Coleman to space for a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expeditions 26/27.
Paolo’s MagISStra mission is Europe’s third long-duration mission on the ISS. Between December 2010 and June 2011 he will be part of the ISS crew as a flight engineer.