Soyuz Launch Carries Three Space Travelers to the International Space Station

KAZAKHSTAN. ISM IT IS EARLY EVENING RIGHT NOW, WHERE AT THE VERY MOMENT A RUSSIAN ASTRONAUT AND RUSSIAN, IN A SOYUZ AIRCRAFT, ARE SITTING IN AIRCRAFT, 160 FEET ABOVE. 6:56 IN THE EVENING OVER IN BICONNOR. AND YOU COULD SEE AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THE BOARD, AND THEY ARE SITTING ON SOYUZ, THE LAUNCH SITE IN BICONNOR. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE LAST LAUNCH FROM THE PAD FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, WHILE FOR FUTURE CREW LAUNCH. AND IT MADE ITS FIRST FLIGHT WITH ANUNFLIGHT SOYUZ, LITTLE EARLIER THIS SUMMER, TRAVELLING ALL THE WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND BACK TO KAZAKHSTAN. THE NEXT LAUNCH, 2020, WILL BE THE FIRST FLIGHT UP THE SOYUZ, THAT'S FROM SIGHT 31 TO BICONNOR. AND ABOARD THE ROCKET, IS FUELLY FUELED AND READY FOR LAUNCH. NOT TRACKING ANY ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE DAY BEGAN WITH FUEL AND OBJECTION -- OXIDIZED. AND WANT TO WELCOME YOU MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON. AND I'M GOING TO TAKE YOU THROUGH TODAY'S LAUNCH AS THE SOYUZ ARRIVES AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION A LITTLE BIT LATER THIS EVENING. AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO BE HERE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT CONTROL ROOM. HOWEVER, THE TEAM WILL BE WATCHING OVER THE EXPEDITION 60 CREW AND THE SPACE SYSTEMS AND THEY WILL A THE ARRIVAL OF THE SOYUZ. SPACE SHIP POPULATION WILL INCREASE FROM 6 TO 9. NASA ASTRONAUT, JESSICA MEIR ON THE RIGHT AND IN THE MIDDLE, RUSSIAN COSMONAUT. AND IN THE LEFT, ALMANSOORI, MAKING A SHORT TAXI FLIGHT TO THE STATION. ONCE THEY ARRIVE, IT'S GOING TO MARK THE LARGEST THE STATION CREW HAS BEEN SINCE SEPTEMBER OF . WE ACTUALLY HAD NINE CREW MEMBERS ON BOARD DURING A SEVEN-DAY PERIOD, DURING THE YEAR LONG MISSION. THESE THREE ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN A PLAN FOUR ORBIT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SET TO DOCK APPROXIMATELY SIX HOURS AVALANCHE AT 2:45 CENTRAL TIME TODAY OR 12:45 IN THE MORNING ON SEPTEMBER 25TH, THURSDAY OVER THERE IN BICONNOR, WHERE THEIR COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS ARE GOING TO WATCH THE EVENTS UNFOLD, RIGHT NOW STANDING IN A SITE MILE AWAY FROM THE LAUNCH PAD READY TO WATCH THEM RIDE INTO ORBIT. THE SPACECRAFT WILL BE DOCKING WITH THE RUSSIAN SEGMENT, TO THE BACK OF THE STATION, WHAT'S KNOWN AS THE VENSA MODULE. YOU COULD SEE ITN THE BACK, SOYUZ MS15. THEY WILL BE JOINING THE CURRENT STATION RESIDENTS ON BOARD. NASA ASTRONAUT, CHRISTINA COOK ARRIVED BACK IN FEBRUARY. THEY ALSO ON BOARD NASA ASTRONAUT, DREW MORGAN AND RUSSIAN COSMONAUT, ALEXANDER SKORTSNOFF. AND LUKE CAPTANNO. PROMTANNO, WILL BE TING OR AS THE EXPEDITION 61 COMMANDER, OCTOBER 3RD, WHEN HAIG, ACHINNIAN, UNDOCKED AND MADE THE TRIP BACK HOME ABOARD THE SOYUZ 12 VEHICLE. AND FROM HERE IN HOUSTON, WILL BE MONITORING THE LAUNCHING THE FLIGHT. AND YOU COULD SEE A FEW MORE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM THAN NORMAL. THE GENTLEMAN, OUTGOING ORBIT FLIGHT DIRECTOR. FLIGHT, HE'S GOING TO BE THE FLIGHT DIRECTOR. JUST ABOVE THEM, THE RED, DIANE DALEY. WE SHOULD BE HEARING HER VOICE A LITTLE LATER THIS EVENING. DURING THE SOYUZ'S CLIMB TO T TRACKINGND TELEMETRY WILL BE GROUNDED IN THE FLIGHT PATH. WE ARE GETTING A LIVE VIEW FROM THE CAMERA RIGHT HERE, LOCATED OUTSIDE OF MOSCOW. ONE QUICK FUN NOTE, WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO TAKE A FEW QUENS DURING TODAY'S LIVE LAUNCH BROADCAST AND ALSO DURING EARLIER. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, GO TO TWITTER AND USE THE #ASK NASA. WE WILL T GET AS MANY AS WE CAN. AND TODAY'S LAUNCH, NASA ASTRONAUT, JESSICA AMEIR AND ALMANSOORI, T THIRD FLIGHT FOR A RUSSIAN ASTRONAUT. AND FOR NOW, LET'S GET TO KNOW OUR CREW. WE'LL START WITH JESSICA MEIR, NASA'S NEXT ASTRONAUT TO FLY INTO SPACE. >> THE THING THAT'S ALWAYS DRIVEN A EXCITED ME IS EXPLORATION IN GENERAL. I THINK I'VE ALWAYS BEEN ATTRACTED TO THE EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS, PLACES WHERE FEWER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN, WHERE CONDITIONS ARE A LITTLE MORE HARSH, LITTLE MORE RARE AND REALLY EXTREME IN GENERAL. I WENT TO THE ANTARCTIC FIVE TIMES. FOUR TIMES WAS FOR THE Ph.D RESEARCH. THE WORK WE WERE PURSUING THEN, WE WERE BEING LOOING AT THE GUIDANCE. AND THEY USE THIS REALLY BIG ICE.L TO CREATE A HOLE IN THE YOU ENTER THE WATER THROUGH THE HOLE IN THE ICE. THE FIRST TIME YOU GO DRIVING THROUGH THE C.I. POLE, YOU NEVER REALLY FORGET THE FEELING. THE WATER THERE IS A CONSTANT NEGATIVE 2 CELSIUS, AND YOU COULD SEE RAYS OF LHT COMIN IN FROM ANY CRAFT OR HOLE OR ANYWHERE AROUND THE AREA. THAT'S WHERE YOU START REALIZING ALL OF THE COLOR AND THE BEAUTY OF THE ANTARCTIC IS. IT'S AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE AND THE THINGS I SAW UNDERWATER, WAS THE MOST REMARKABLE AND EXCEPTIONAL DIVING I'VEVER HAD. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE USE FOR TRAINING FOR SPACE FLIGHT FOR ASTRONAUTS FROM ALL OF OUR PARTNER AGENCIES IS TRAINING IN ANALOG. IF YOU TRY TO THINK, WHAT ARE USEFUL TRAINING PLATFORMS ON THE EARTH. HOW DO WE REPLICATE ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SPACE MISSION. ONE OF THE ANALOGS IS CALLED THE CAVE. IT'S A TECHNICAL CAVING MISSION. THE CAVE TRAINING MISSION WAS IN THE VERY EXTRAORDINARY CAVE. YOU WOULD SOMETIMES SEE CRAWLING IT, THERE'S NO WAY, YOU COULD FIT THROUGH THAT, ONE AT A TIME. TAKE OFF THE PACKS AND SHIMMY THROUGH THE SNAKES THROUGH THE TINY HOLE. ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU WOULD COME OUT INTO THE ROOM, THIS CATHEDRAL, WITH 100 METER GRANITE WALL. IT WAS REALLY JUST EXTRAORDINARY. WE WOULD GO ON DAILY EXCURSIONS, EXPLORING, MAPPING THE CAVE AND ALL SIMILAR THINGS WE WOULD DO, WHEN WE FINALLY GET TO THE POINT TO EXPLORING OTHER PLANETS, FOR EXAMPLE, AN ASTRONAUT. AND ALL THE THINGS WE GET TO DO AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. OTHER THINGS THAT'S IMPORTANT, THE ENVIRONMENTS INVOLVE NATURAL PHENOMENON. IT GOES BACK TO THE BIOLOGY, ANIMAL KINGDOM WITTHE PREVIOUS RESEARCH, EXPLORING ALL THE AMAZING LANDSCAPES AND ECOSYSTEMS ON OUR PLANET AND EVENTUALLY, HAVE THE MOST EXTOWARD THEY'RY OF ANY VIEW, WHEN I'LL BE IN THE SPACE STATION IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS, LOOKING DOWN AND SEEING THE MAGNIFICENT PLANET EARTH AND T AND REALLY UNDERSTANDING HOW SPECIAL IT IS AND HOW FRAGILE AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PROTECT IT, TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF OUR HOME PLANET, TO PROTECT THE LAND AND BEING A GOOD STEWART IN OUR UNIVERSE. I'M JESSICA MEIR. I'M A SCIENTIST AND A NASA ASTRONAUT. >> BORN AND RAISED AND CARIBOU, MAINE. MASTERS OF SCIENCE STUDIES, DOCTOR RAT OF MARINE BIOGRAPHY FROM SCRIPTS. FROM 2000 HP 2003, SHE WORKED IN RESEARCH FACILITY, ON SPACE STATION AND INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IN NASA'S JOHNSON SPACE CENTER. DURING THIS TIME, SHE PARTICIPATED IN RESEARCH FLIGHT, NASA'S GRAVITY AIRCRAFT AND SERVED AS AQUANOT, FOR THE NEMO MISSI AND AFTERWARD, MEIR'S RESEARCH FOCUSED ON THE PHYSIOLOGY WITH ANIMALS, Ph.D RESEARCH, STUDYING OXYGEN EXTENSION, EXAMINING IN DIVING SEALS. AND HER POST DOCTOR RAT RESEARCH IN THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, INVESTIGATED, HIGH FLYING GOOSE, TRAINING GOOSE TO FLY IN THE WIND TUNNELS, WHILE OBTAINING MEASUREM. AND 2005, SHE ACCEPTED THE POSITION AT HARVARD MED SCHOOL, SHE CONTINUED HER RESEARCH IN THE ANIMALS AND EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS. SHE ALSO TOOK PART IN SMITHSONIAN DIVING EXPEDITION THE ANTARCTIC. AND COLLECTED, TO BE AN ASTRONAUT, AS PART OF NASA'S ASTRONAUT CLASS, MEIR COMPLETED HER TRAINING IN 2015. WE WILL BE IN FAMILIAR COMPANY WHEN SHE ARRIVES, JOINING THREE OF HER FORMER ASTRONAUT LASSMATES AND CURRENT RESIDENTS, NICK HAIG, CHRISTINA MORGAN. THAT'S MORE ABOUT JESSICA MEIR. SHE WILL BE SEATED TO THE LEFT OF THE SOYUZ COMMANDER AND RUSSIAN COSMONAUT ON TODAY'S FLIGHT. COSMONAUT, ALEX IS RETURNING TO SPACE FOR THE THIRD TIME. BORN IN THE RUSSIA, HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE YOUNG GRIPE, GRADUATING IN19 AFTERWARD, HE ATTENDED, BOMB AND TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, AND WHILE AN UNDER GRADUATE, OBTAINED EXPERIENCE, AS A TEST SUBJECT AND AS A MECHANIC IN THE PROJECT DEPARTMENT, GRADUATING IN 1993, WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, WITH A SPECIALIZATION IN ROCKET, SKRIPOCHKA WORKED FROM 1993-1997, AS ENGINEER, GROUND HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING PROJECT DEPARTMENT. HE ALSO, AIRST CLASS SKYDIVER WITH OVER 300 PARACHUTE JUMPS. SELECTED IN JULY OF 1997, RSV CANDIDATE, SKRIPOCHKA COMPLETED SPACE FLIGHT TRAINING, IN THE TRAINING CENTER IN 1999, QUAL AS A COSMONAUT. HIS FIRST TRIP INTO SPACE WAS OCTOBER 2010, AS A FLIGHT ENGINEER, DURING SPACE EXPEDITION 25 AND 26. WHILE ABOARD, HE PERFORMED TWO SPACE WALKS. SECOND FLIGHT BEGAN IN MARCH 2015, SOYUZ 2820M, AS PART OF THE EXPEDITION, 47 AND 48. TO DATE, SKRIPOCHKA'S SPACE WALK TOTAL, 14 HOURS AND 35 MINUTE HE SVES AS A COMMANDER AND WILL SERVE ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, AS 61 FLIGHT ENGINEER AND LATER AS A FLIGHT 62 COMMANDER. SEATED HIS FIRST RIGHT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ALMANSOORI. AND SPENT ALL HIS EARLY YEARS, GOING TO SCHOOL IN WESTERN ABU DHABI. HIS PASSION FOR ASTRONOMY. HE BECAME A CHECK FGHT PILOT IN THE F-16B60, AND SPENT THREE YEARS TRAINING IN THE AIRCRAFT IN THE UNITED STATES, IN ARIZONA. AFTERWARDS, HE RETURNED TO THE UAE TO COMPLETE HIS TRAINING. FOUR YEARS AFTER HIS RETURN, HE BECAME THE YOUNGEST PILOT, QUALIFYING FOR THE AIRCRAFT PILOT. THE UAE ASTRONAUT PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN 2017. TO SEND THEM TO SPACE FOR VARIOUS SCIENTIFIC MISSIONS. FOLLOWING A SERIES OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL TESTS, ALMANSOORI WAS SELECTED FROM A FIELD OF OVER 4,000 CANDIDATES. IN SEPTEMBER OF 2018, ALMANSOORI STARTED TRAINING WITH THE RUSSIAN SPACE TRAINING, AT THE SSIAN COSMONAUT TRAINING CENTER. HE WILL BE THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE UAE SPACE PROGRAM TO FLY INTO SPACE. >> AND THIS IS SOME RECORDE DEO FROM A LITTLE BIT EARLIER TODAY, AS THE THREE CREW MEMBERS GOT PREPARED, WOKE UP IN THE COSMONAUT HOTEL AND MADE THEIR WAY TO THE LAUNCH SITE. THE CREWS WERE WOKEN 7:57 CENTRAL TIME, 9:57 IN BICONNOR. NINE HOURS PRIOR TO THE LAUNCH. THEY PARTICIPATED IN ALL OF THE PRELAUNCH-ACTIVITIES, AND ALL OF THAT BEGINS AT THE CREW ORDERS. AND BEFORE DEPARTING FOR THE LAUNCH PAD, THE CREW MEMBERS, GO THROUGH A RITUAL OF AUTOGRAPHING THE DOORS OF THE ROOM, THAT THEY OCCUPIED IN BICONNOR. YOU COULD SEE IT SET ASIDE. ALL CREW MEMBERS, GETTING A CANS TO SIGN THEIR NAME. SIGNATURES ARE FROM THE CREW MEMBERS AND ALL THE INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS FROM OVER THE YEARS. THEY ALSO GET A BLESSING BEFORE THEY DEPART IN THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, EARLIER IN THE WEEK, GOES OUT TO BLESS THE ROCKET ITSELF. AND VARIOUS PAD MEMBERS AND SOME MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA THAT WILL GENERALLY GATHER TO THE LAUNCHES. FOLLOWING THAT, THEY STROLL TO THE COSMONAUT HOTEL DOWN A SIDEWALK LINED WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, WELL-WISHERS, PROGRAM OFFICIALS FROM THE VARIOUS SPACE AGENCIES BEFORE THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO A BUS. THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST SEVERAL TIMES THEY GET A CHANCE TO SEE ALL OF THE FOLKS BEFORE THEY LOAD INTO THE ROCKET. THEY WALK OUT TO A TRADITIONAL SONG THAT'S PLAYED EVERY SINGLE TIME AND THE RUSSIAN NAME ESCAPES ME AT THE MOMENT. A LOTF TRADITION SURROUNDING THE LAUNCHES. THEY HAVE BEEN LAUNCHING FROM THE AREA SINCE THE 60s THINS THEY FIRST MADE THE LEAP INTO SPACE. FROM THE CREW, IT'S ON TO THE BUS AND THE BACKUP CREW FOLLOWS ANOTHER LARGE BUS. THEY AR ACCOMPANIED WITH FLIGHT SURGEONS, DOCTORS. YOU COULD SEE A LARGE MASS OF PEOPLE GATHER OUTSIDE THE COSMONAUT HOTEL. THIS IS TAKING PLACE EARLIER IN THE MORNING, 2:57 A.M. CENTRAL TIME, 12:57 P.M. IN BICONNOR. IT'S ABOUT A 40 MINUTE RID FROM THE HOTEL ACTUALLY ON THE COSMODRONE ITSELF. THEY HEAD ON TO WHAT'S KNOWN AS BUILDING 254. GETTING A CHANCE TO WAVE, OPPOSE FROM HASA. YOU COULD SEE A LARGE CROWD. NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS, IS GETTING A SNEAK PEEK. GETTING THE FIRST DEPARTURE FROM THE HOTEL. AGAIN, IT'S ABOUT 40 MINUTES TO THE HOTEL TO THE COSMODRONE, SPARSE AREA, AS YOU'RE LAUNCHING ROCKETS, YOU DON'T WANT A LOT IN THE AREA. IT'S A VAST AND OPEN. AND THEN THEY ARRIVE IN BUILDING 254. ONCE THEY GET TO THE ACTUAL SUIT UP IN INTEGRATION FACILITY, IT'S TIME TO GET IN THE LAUNCH AND ENTRY SUITS. THIS IS CALLED THE SO-CALLE THITE SUIT. YOU COULD SEE THEM GETTING INTO IT HERE. THIS IS WORN THROUGHOUT THE DIFFERENT DYNAMICS OF FLIGHT. THEY WILL WEAR IT, EVENT WALL DOCKING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE SUITS THEN GET PUT AWAY AND BROUGHT BACK IF THEY ARE FLYING THE SOYUZ, FOR RELOCATION OR WHEN THEY COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH. THE SUITS ACT LIKE THE ORANGE ONE, YOU REMEMBER FROM THE SHUTTLE AREA, THEY ARE ABLE TO BE PRESSURIZED, ABLE TO PROVIDE BREATHING FOR THE CREW MEMBERS, SHOULD THE CAPSULE BECOMES UNPRESSURIZED. THEY GET A COMMUNICATIONS CAP AND THE FLIGHT CONTROLLER IS DOWN ON THE GROUND WHO OVERSEAS THEIR FLIGHT ALL THE WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THERE'S SEVERAL SPECIALIS, YOU WILL SEE INDIVIDUALS WEARING MASKS. THE CREW ARE KEPT IN A QUARANTINE PRIOR TO THE MISSION TO HELP REDUCE THE CHANCE OF ANY INFECTIOUS DISEASES OR ANYTHING, MAKING ITS WAY TO THE SPACE STATION. THEY ARE KEPT IN STRICT QUARANTINE PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT. VERY STRICT ACCESS TO THE CREW THEMSELVES AND ALSO IN QUARANTINE, LIKE THE BACKUP CREW, WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES, USUALLY WEARING MASKS OR DIFFERENT PROTECTIVE GEAR. HERE YOU COULD SEE NASA GETTING SUITED UP. FIRST ALL THREE CREW MEMBERS GET SUITED UP. YOU WILL SEE THEM MOVE INTO ANOTHER ROOM, WHERE THEY WILL DO SOME PRESSURE CHECKS ON THE SPACE SUIT ITSELF. JESSICA MEIR PLAYING WITH A SMALL BLUE NOBODY. IT'S USED BY T ASTRONAUT TO CONTROL THE PRESSURE LEVEL INSIDE THE SUITS. THE BACKUP CREW RIGHT BEHIND THEM, TOM IN THE BLUE SUIT, HE'S BEEN THE BACKUP FOR THE LAST TWO FLIGHTS. BACKUP CREW HELPING, AND THEY ARE ALSO ON DECK TO STEP SHOULD THE PRIME CREW MEMBERS NOT TO M. THEY THEN MOVE OVER HERE AND THEY GET A MOCK UP AN ACTUAL SOYUZ SEAT AND THEY GO THROUGH AND TAKE TURNS, ACTUALLY PRESSURIZE. YOU WILL SEE THEM CLOSE THE ADVISERS AND THE SUITS THEMSELVES, IS GETTI PUFFED UP. THEY ARE FILLED WITH AIR, TO GET A GOOD LEAK CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE SEALS ARE ACTING CORRECTLY. THIS IS THE FIRST STEPS BEFORE THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE ROCKET. YOU COULD SEE HIS SUIT A LITTLE BIT PUFFED UP. THAT MEANS IT'S GOING THROUGH THE PRESSURE CHECK. THEY DO THIS AGAIN TO MAKE SURE THEIR SUITS ARE FREE FROM LEAKS. THIS IS ALSO ONE OF THE FINAL CHANCES THE CREW MEMBERS GETS TO SPEAK TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PROTECTIVE GLASS, TO HELP MAINTAIN THE QUARANTINE. THEN THEY WILL MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE PAINTED GLASS, WHERE THEY ARE ABLE TO SPEAK TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ALSO PROGRAM OFFICIALS FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE SPACE AGENCIES. AS AL, IN THE CHAIR, NEXT TO JESSICA MEIR, YOU COULD SEE HER USING THE NOBODY TO ADJUST THE PRESSURIZATION INSIDE, IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S INFLATED KIND OF LIKE THE BALLOON. D IT TOCHECK. NO LEAKS IN THE SUIT AS THE SUITS ACT AS PRETTY MUCH THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE FOR THE CREW MEMBERS, IF THE CAPSULE WERE TO BE UNPRESSURIZED FOR ANY REASON. THERE'S ALMANSOORI, FIRST UNITED EMIRATES ASTRONAUT TO F IN THE SPACE. HE'S A SPACE FLIGHT PARTICIPANT. YOU MAY USE THAT WORD USED. THAT DIFFERENTIATES HIM AS AN EXPEDITIONARY MEMBER, WHO WILL SPEND MONTHS. HIS FLIGHT WILL ONLY LAST 8 DAYS. HE WILL HAVE A SCHEDULE JAM-PACKED WITH SCIENTIST EXPERIMENTS HE WILL BE TAKING PART IN BOTH U.S. AND RUSSIAN AND ALSO DOING SOME OUTREACH TO HIS OWN COTRY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WHILE HE'S ON BOARD. AGAIN, WITH ALL THREE CREW MEMBERS, ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE LEAK CHECKS, THEY MAKE THEIR WAY OVER TO THE CHAIRS, WHICH HAS MICROPHONEN FRONT OF THEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST FEW CHANCES FOR THEM TO TALK TO THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS PRIOR TO MAKING THEIR WAY OUT TO THE ACTUAL LAUNCH PAD. EACH LIGHT, WE HAVE NEW EMBLEM. I WAS THINKING, YOU WOULD HAVE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THEME. SO EACH FLIGHT WOULD BE DIFFERENT. AND THE BORDER IS DIFFERENT, TOO. IS THIS SOMETHING SPECIAL? >> NO, THIS IS A NOMINAL GEAR. ISM JOINING FRIENDS AND FAMILY. YOU COULD SEE THE DELEGATION FROM THE UNITED AIR OF EMIRATES >> EVERYTHING IS GOINGDING TO PLANNED. AS USUAL, I WISH YOU A SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH AND SUCCESSFUL EXPEDITION AND SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO THE GROUND. WE KNOW YOU AND WE ARE SURE YOU WILL FIND THE CORRECT SOLUTIONS FOR ANY SITUATION. THE MAIN THING IS FOR YOU TO BE A TEAM AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER. >> HAVE A GREAT TIME. DO A LITTLE BIT OF WORK AND WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE. WHEN YOU COME BACK. >> WE'RE PROUD OF YOU. WE HOPE YOU ALL GOOD WISH. AND PLAN FOR -- AND >> TWO OF THE LAST ONE TO SPEAK, MANAGER AND KEN BAUERSOCK, ADMINISTRATOR FOR EXPLORATION. WITH THAT DONE, IT'S TIME TO DO THE LOCKOUT. YOU COULD SEE THE CREW. YOU COULD SEE, THEY ARE USUALLY IN CONFIGURATION, JESSICA TO HIS LEFT AND HASADD TO HIS RIGHT. ONCE THE FINAL SUIT OUT AND PRESSURE CHECKS ARE DONE, THEY WALK TO THE INTEGRATION FACILITY. ONCE AGAIN, MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE BUSES. YOU COULD SEE A LARGE CROWD GATHERED TO SEE THEM ON THEIR WAY. AT THIS POINT, THEY LOAD TO THE SAME BUSES THAT TOOK THEM THE COSMONAUT HOTEL TO THE BUILDING, TO HEAD OUT TO THE PAD. THEY GET A FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO WAVE FAREWELL TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND MAKE THEIR WAY TO FLIGHT 254, INTEGRATION BUILDING OVER TO THE LAUNCH PAD. THEY BOARDED THE BUS, HEADING OVER TO LAUNCH PAD NUMBER 1. AND THE DRIVE TAKES ABOUT 25 MINUTES. THEY ARRIVED AT THE PAD, ABOUT 6:22 A.M., CENTRAL TIME, 4:22 A.M. IN BICONNOR. ONCE THERE, THEY ARE HELPED OFF THE BUS, BY SEVERAL OFFICIALS, AND ALSO NASA AND THE UNITED ARAB SPACE AGENCY THERE IN ATTENDANCE WITH THEIR FIRST EVER ASTRONAU >> THE CREW IS READY FOR FLIGHT >> AGAIN, YOU COULD SEE IN THE MIDDLE, AHEAD OF THE -- AND HE'S THE ONE, ON THE -- ON THE LEFT, APPROACHING TO THE PAD. TRADITIONAL FOR THE DIFFERENT MANAGERS TO HELP THE CREW MEMBERS, LAST LEG OF THEIR JOURNEY INTO THE ACTUAL ROCKET ITSELF. THEY WILLEAD THEM TO THE A STAIRWAY, WHERE THEY WILL GET A FINAL WAVE AND RIDE ON TOP, TO BOARD THEIR CAPSULE, THAT THEY WILL BE ABOARD NOW FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS. YOU COULD SEE THEM ONE AT A TIME, GOING UP THE STAIRWAY, L PAD IEGRATION ENGINEERS WILL BE WAITING AT THE TOP TO MAKE THE ELEVATOR RIDE UP. FOR NOW, THEY ARE INSIDE THE SOYUZ ROCKET. >> BE CAREFUL HERE. TURN ARND. >> AND WITH THAT, WE'RE BACK TO A LIVE VIEW, GETTING THE FIRST VIEW OTHE SOYUZ SCECRAFT ON LAUNCH PAD AS THE BICONNOR COSMODRONE. RIGHT NOW, WE'RE 27 MINUTES, 22 SECONDS AND COUNTING FOR THE PLANNED LAUNCH TODAY OF THE THREREWMEMBERS, HEADING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND THAT LIFT-OFF SCHEDULE IS FOR 8:57 A.M., CENTRAL TIME, 6:57 P.M. IN THE EVENING OVER THERE IN BICONNOR. >> JUMP OVER AND USE THE #ASK NASA. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS TAKING PLACE, WE'LL JUMP OVER A COUPLE OF THEM. THE FIRST ONE COMES FROM JACK. HE WANTS TO KNOW, HOW MANY MINUTES WILL IT TAKE TO DOCK AT THE SPACE STATION. THE TIME LINE, HAS THEM LIFTING OFF AT 57 CENTRAL TIME. THEY ARE SET TO DOCK LATER THIS EVENING AT 7:00 -- AT 2:45 P.M., SORRY, DOING SOME QUICK TIME ZONE CALCULATIONS IN MY HEAD. FROM THERE, IT'S A FIVE HOURS AND 48 MINUTES AND 4 SECONDS PER THE TIME LINE. THAT TRANSLATES TO 348 MINUTES FROM LAUNCH TO DOCKING. THANKS FOR THE QUESTION, JACK. NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM MS. WHITTAKER, SHE WANTS TO KNOW, IF SHE HAS HER OWN BEDROOM. CURRENTLY, THERE'S SIX CREW BORDERS. YOU COULD THINK ABOUT THAT AS THEIR BEDROOM. THEY ARE ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE PHONE BOOTH, SMALL CLOSET. THEY HAVE DOORS, FOUR IN DOOR TWO. HARMONY MODULE AND ALSO IN THE RUSSIAN SEGMENT. THAT ACTS AS THE CREW MEMBER'S BEDROOM. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING, WHERE ARE THE OTHER PEOPLE GOING TO SLEEP? THERE ARE NINE OF THEM. THEY HAVE ADDITIONAL SLEEPING BAGS ANDHE CREWS SLEEPS ON SCHEDULE. AND YOU WILL HAVE DIFFERENT CREW MEMBERS ON THE MODULES FOR THE SHORT DURATION, THAT WE DO HAVE NINE CREW MEMBERS ON BOARD. NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM RENE, IN PREVIOUS CREW CHANGES, CREW LEFT BEFORE THE CREW LAUNCH. NOW WE WILL BE EXTENDED TO NINE. IS THIS A ONE TIME THING OR WILL IT BE STANDARD? WE'RE DOING SOMETHING THAT'S KNOWN INSIDE OF THE SPACE INDUSTRY, DIRECT HANDOVERS. THAT'S WHEN YOU HAVE A VEHICLE ARRIHILE THERE'S STILL CREW ON BOARD. IT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE PAST. THE COMMON PRACTICE, EVERY SINGLE TIME, WHEN WE ONLY HAD THREE ABOARD THE STATION. AND WHICH, AGAIN, IF YOU'VE BEEN KEEPING TRACK, WE'VE HAD PEO ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THE 20TH STRAIGHT YEAR OF HUMANS ON BOARD, STARTING NEXT YEAR IN 2020. AND DURING THEN, THE DIRECT HANDOVERS WERE MUCH MORE COMMON. LITTLE BIT UNCOMMON, SINCE WE WENT UP TO 6, WHERE YOU HAVE ONE CREW LAND AND ANOTHER ONE LAUNCH. YOU HAVE A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, WHERE YOU ONLY HAVE THREE CREW MEMBERS. FOR NOW, WE WILL BE UP TO 9. IT'S POSSIBLE, YOU WILL SEE MORE OF THE DIRECT HANDOVERS,NCE WE START FLYING NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLES, ALSO KNOWN AS THE COMMERCIAL CREW CAPSULES, WATCHING ASTRONAUTS ONCE AGAIN FROM THE UNITED STATES. WE'LL DNE MORE FROM RIGHT NOW. WHAT'S THE TOP CREWS, THE CREW WILL EXPERIENCE. THIS ONE FROM CHELSEA. HOW LONG IS THE CREW GOING TO BE STAYING AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ONCE THEY ARRIVE? THANK YOU, CHELSEA. IT'S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE DIFFERENTREW MEMBERS, FOR ALMANSOORI, HE WILL ONLY BE THERE FOR NINE DAYS. HE'S SET TO COME HOME OCTOBER 3RD, WITH TWO OTHER CREW MEMBERS, NASA ASTRONAUT NICK HAIG AND CHINNON. FOR JESS TWILL BE STAYING UP TO 200 DAYS OR LITTLE OVER SIX MONTHS, WILL BE UP THERE FOR A LONG DURATION. IT'S COMMON FOR LONG DURATION TO BE UP TO SIX MONTHS IN LENGTH. THAT'S THE COMMON PRACTICE THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT DURATION SPRINKLED IN THROUGHOUT. NOW A DAYS, ABOUT 200 DAYS IS THE COMMON LENGTH. SOME ARE STARTING TO SURPAES THAT. CHRISTINA COOK WILL BE STAYING IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION OVER 300 DAYS. SHE'S ACTUALLY GOING TO BE SETTING THE RECORD, LONGEST SPACE FLIGHT BY A FEMALE ASTRONAUT. SHE WILL BE CLOSE TO A U.S. RECORD FOR CONTINUOUS SPACE FLIGHT, WITH SCOTT KELLY, DURING A YEAR LONG MISSION OF 340 DAYS. ONE MORE FROM RIG W. THIS IS FROM MATT. HE WAPTED TO KNOW WHAT THE TOP G FORCE. THE EVENT WALL SPEED THEY WILL REACH IS THE ORBITAL VELOCITY.T NEED TO MAINTAIN TO CIRCLE AROUND THE EARTH. THAT WILL MATCH UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WHICH IS ABOUT 17500 MILES AN HOUR. >> RIGHT NOW, WE'RE 21 MINUTES AND COUNTING AWAY FROM THE LAUNCH OF THE THREE CREW MEMBE SICA AND HER CREWMATES, DESCRIBED THE MISSION OF THEIR SOYUZ PATCH IN A RECENT CREW CONFERENCE. WHY DON'T WE HEAR FROM THEM IN THEIR OWN WORDS. >> WELL, IN ARE SOME OF THE KEY FEATURES FOR THE SOYUZ PATCH ARE THE ARCTIC TERMS. THIS IS THE BIRD THAT MAKES AN INCREDIBLE DURATION. FOR ME IT'S EXTRA SPECIAL BECAUSE IN MY PREVIOUS LIFE I STUDIED BIRDS. AND OF COURSE, THE LONG DURATION FLYING BIRD REPRESENTS OUR STRONG DURATION MISSION AND HOW SPECIAL THAT IS. >> ALSO THE COLORS, REPRESENTING ALSO THE HISTORY OF APOLLO LANDING. ALSO, YOU COULD SEE UA FLAG, WITH MY NAME IS ARABIC. IT'S MY LAST NAME, ALMANSOORI, WRITTEN IN ARABIC. ALSO THE SAME PATCH, FLEW IN THE FIRST TIME, AND THE FIRST MISSION, SAME DESIGN. >> YES, HAZAZ RED, I WANTED TO SHOW SOME CONTINUITY, BETWEEN MY FIRST FLIGHT. MY FIRST FLIGHT SHOWS A STORK AND MY SECOND ALSO HAD A BIRD IN IT. AND THIS TIME, WE WILL HAVE THE STORK THAT JESSICA MENTIONED, ANALSO, WHAVE A SHIP STATION THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING ON, AND THE MOON, WHICH IS OUR GOAL, AS OUR NEXT STAGE. ONE PLAN IN DEEP SPACE. >> BACK WITH THE SOYUZ ROCKET IN THE PAD. WE'RE COUNTING DOWN. 80 SECONDS AWAY FROM LIFT-OFF, SCHEDULED AT 57 A.M. CENTRAL TIME, 6:57 IN THE EVENING OVER THERE IN BICONNOR. SOYUZ STANDS 152 FOOT TALL, 180,000 POUNDS, CONSISTS OF A SPACECRAFT UP THE SD AT THE TOP AND THREE STAGE SPACE BOOSTER BELOW. THE SPACECRAFT WAS MADE OF THE BOOSTER. AND 24 HOURS ON MONDAY, THE TRACK IF THE INTEGRATION FACILITY TO THE PAD, ALWAYS OPENING THE DOOR AND STARTING THE TRIP AT 7:00 A.M., ARRIVING LESS THAN TWO HOURS LATER, IT'S RAISED TO THE VERTICAL POSITION. IT MOVES OUT ON A RAIL CAR FROM THE BUILDING TO PAD NUMBER ONE. THEN THE LAR GANTRY ARM SWING UP, TO SECURE IT IN PLACE, AND OFFER ACCESS TO THE ACTUAL SPACECRAFT, INCLUDING THE ELEVATOR THAT THE CREW TO BOARD THE SOYUZ PRIOR TO LAUNCH. THE FIRST STAGE OF THE SOYUZ ROCKET HASR LIQUID FUELED ENGINES THAT IS STRAPPED TO THE SIDE OF THE CORE VEHICLE. EACH OF THOSE WILL BURN FOR ABOUT ONE MINUTE AND 58 SECONDS BEFORE THEY DROP AWAY. YOU COULD SEE THE ENGINES IN THE BIT EARER THIS WEEK.OM A LITTLE THEY ARE THE SMALL PARTS OF THE BOTTOM THAT ACTUALLY PROTRUDE OUT FROM THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT. A FEW SECONDS PRIOR TO THE LIFT-OFF AND BEGIN CARRYING THE SOYUZ TO ORBIT. THIS IS A QUICK ANIMATIO THE ENGINES WILL START FIRING SEVERAL SECONDS BEFORE LIFT-OFF. EVENTUALLY THE FIRE, GRAPPLE ARMS HOLDING IT IN PLACE. ONCE THE THRUST OF THE VEHICLE IS STRONG ENOUGH, IT WILL MAKE THOSE BREAK AWAY T WILL LEAP AWAY FROM THE STRAP. FOUR STRAPS, HELP POWER THE FIRST STAGE. THEY BURN FOR JUST ABOUT ONE MINUTE AND 58 SECONDS. AND FIRST, THE ESCAPE TOWER WILL JETSON, AND FOLLOWED BY THE FOUR BOOSTERS, DEPENDING IF IT' CLEAR ENOUGH DAY, WE MAY BE ABLE TO GET A VIDEO. WE MAY GET SOMETHING CALLED THE CROSS WHEN THEY BREAK AWAY. THE LAUNCH PAD, ONCE THE VEHICLE IS HIGH ENOUGH, WILL DEPART. THE HORSE STAGE WILL CONTINUE BURNING UNTIL IT IS TIME FOR THE FOURTH STAGE. THEY ARE SERVING THE SECOND BURNING, 4 MINUTES AND 7 SECONDS INTO THE FLIGHT. THE FLIGHT STARTS FIRING, BEFORE THAT FIRST STAGE, CORE STAGE DROPS AWAY. SOMETHING CALLED THE HOT STAGING TECHNIQUE. THAT WILLONTINUE TO BURN AND THEN AFTER THAT, SOYUZ WILL SEPARATE FROM THE TOP OF THE THE 3RD STAGE. IT WILL BE FLYING FREE AND READY TO MAKE THE SPACE DOWN INTO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE'RE STILL COUNTING DOWN NOW. RIGHT NOW, WE'RE 15 MINUTES 20 SECONDS AWAY. JESSICA MEIR AND ALMANSOORI, ASTRONAUT FROM THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND RUSSIAN COSMONAUT, JUST STRAPPED DOWN. AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, GO HEAD OVER TO TWITTER, #ASK NASA. WE WILL ANSWER THE QUESTIONS IN TODAY'S BROADCAST. WE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME LATER ON IN THE DOCKING AND OPENING SHOWS SO MAKE SURE TO KEEP SENDING IT IN. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOYUZ AIRCRAFT, MEASURES 3 1/2 FEET LONG, DIPPING THE SCALES OF 15,350 POUNDS. THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT IS COMPRISED OF THREE DIFFERENT MODULES. ON THE BOTTOM, PROPULSION MODULE. DISSENT MODULE, THAT HAS A CUSTOMIZED SEAT LINER INSIDE OF THE SEATS, FOR THE CREW MEMBERS, SEATED IN THE LAUNCH ENTRY AND LANDING. IT CONTROLS THE CONTROLS NECESSARY FOR THE FLIGHT. IT HAS LIGHT SUPPORT SYSTEMS BATTERY. AND THE PARACTES ARE TUCKED AWAY, INSIDE THE CREW MEMBER'S HEAD. AND ROCKET AND SOFT LANDING IN THE BOTTOM, THAT FIRE TO SLOW THE SOYUZ, RIGHT BEFORE IT TOUCHES DOWN IN KOZMO STAN. IT IS USED TO CONTROL THE ORBITATION OR ATTITUDE. GUIDANCE NAVIGATION CONTROL SYSTEM TO MANEUVER THE MISSION, DURING THE DISSENT PHASE OF THE IT HAS A -- IT'S A BIT OF A TIGHT FIT. OVERHEAD, IS THE ORBITAL MODULE AT THE VERY TOP. THIS IS THE PART NOT ONLY CONNECTS TO THE DISSENT MODULE, BUT IT IS THE PART THAT CONNECTS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE FLIGHT, DURING THE FLIGHT TO STATION, IS A MUCH MORE IMPORTANT SPACE, WHEN THEY WERE TAKING TWO SPACE, AS THERE WERE ANY ISSUES DURING THE INITIAL TRIP. DOCKING MECHANISM AND THAT DOCKING MECHANISM IS USED TO CONNECT THE SPACECRAFT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. RENDEZVOUS, THAT'S USED BY THE AUTOMATED DOCKING SYSTEM, AND MR DOCKING AND A FORWARD BEING LOOING WINDOW, FOR THE CREW TO TAKE MEASUREMENTS OF DISTANCE. ON THE WAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SPACECRAFT IS A PROPULSION MODULE THAT HAS THE OXYGEN STORAGE TANKS, AVIONI AND CONTROLLING EQUIPMENT. THE PROPULSION PORTION OF THE MODULE HANDLES THE ORBITAL MANEUVERS, INCLUDING THOSE, WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND PERFORM AT THE VERY END OF THE SPACECRAFT MISSION. BEFORE THEY ARE DEPLOYED, THE SOLAR RAYS, GATHER ON BOARD, ARE FOLDED AGAINST THE BODY OF THE SPACECRAFT. THOSE ACTUALLY UNFOLD, RIGHT AFTER WE GO INTO ORBIT. THEY DETACH DURING THE FINAL DISSENT, AND BURNS IN THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE. DISSENT, TO THE MIDDLE PART. THE ONLY PIECE OF THE SOYUZ THAT SURVIVES THE FIERY REENTRY. THE ENTIRE SPACECRAFT, NOT ONLY SERVING AS A TRANSCRT VEHIE, GETTING THEM BACK HOME AT THE END, ALSO SERVES AS BASICALLY THE ESCAPE CAPSULE. THOSE ARE USED IN THE EVENT, THEY GET TO GET OFF IN THE SPACE STATION IN A HURRY FOR ANY REASON. THEY USE THE SPACECRAFT AS THE E. THERE'S ALWAYS ONE SPACECRAFT FOR EACH OF THE MEMBERS ON BOARD, RATHER USE SEA UNIT. WE ARE 10 MINUTES AND 42 SECONDS COUNTING DOWN TO LAUNCH. REPRESENTATIVES FROM RUSSIA COSMONAUT AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ARE WATCHING A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY. WE'RE GETTING A LOOK RIGHT NOW IN BICONNOR, FOR A QUICK UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES, LET'S GO TO BICONNOR VETERAN, NASA PUBLI AFFAIRS, >> INTERNATIONAL CREWS STRAPPED INSIDE THE SOYUZ MSU SPACECRAFT IS SET TO SET THEIR JOURNEY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. FALL IS IN THE AIR IN BICONNOR SKRIPOCHKA, MEIR AND ALMANSOORI, ARE ON BOARD. AND AFTER TODAY'S LIFT-OFF, THE ALBEGANY, BEGAN H CAREER, WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND MODERNDATION. THE NASA DELEGATION FOR THE LAUNCH IS LED BY THE ACTING ADMINISTRATOR, FORMER ASTRONAUT, KEN BAUERSOX. ABOUT 1,000 PEOPLE ARE HERE, TO WATCH THEIR NATIVE SON, ALMANSOORI. NEAR THE BACKDROP, HUMAN AS WE OCCUPANCY AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THAT'S IF FROM THE BICONNOR AT KAZAKHSTAN. >> AND THIS VIEW, YOU ARE SEEING THE CENTER SEAT. THAT'S ALEX SKRIPOCHKA. HE'S SEATED IN THE RIGHT SEAT, MAKING HIS F STEP. THE THIRD IS SKRIPOCHKA. WE'RE ABOUT 8 1/2 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE PLANNED LUNCHTIME. ASK NASA QUESTIONS. THE FIRST ONE COMES FROM ZIRRIAL. HE WANTS TO KNOW, WHEN IS THE LAST TIME NINE PEOPLE WERE ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? GREAT QUESTION. IT HASN'T BEEN THAT LONG. SEPTEMBER 2016, WHEN THERE WAS A SHORT TAXI FLIGHT, WHEN THEY BROUGHT UP. AGAIN, IT WAS REALLY A LONG DURATION FLIGHT. WE HAD A CREW, TAXI FLIGHT, ON JUST ABOUT AN EIGHT DAY MISSION. >>> NEXT QUESTION, IS THERE A SIBILITY, THE FLIT PATH WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE LAUNCH THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. >> AND NO, THEY DON'T. ALL THE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS LOOK AT VERY CAREFULLY. THEY WILL NOT BE ARRIVING AT THE SAME TIME. WILL LAUNCH AND DOCK TODAY. THEY GET REALLY CLOSE TO THE SPACE STATION UNTIL SATURDAY. THEN WE WILL DO ONE MORE, THIS FROM CASSIDY, WHO WANTS TO KNOW, WHAT DO THEY EAT? >>LE WITH, CASSY, THEY EAT QUITE A DIFFERENT THINGS. THEY GET TO SIT DOWN WITH NASA FOOD SCIENTISTS TO. >> IT'S A MOST DYNAMIC Y COULD IMAGINE. DIFRN. AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE FREEZE DRIED ICE CREAM. WE ARE ABLE TO SEND REAL ICE CREAM. AND MOST OF THEFOODS, DEHYDRATED, SO IT WILL MAINTAIN TASTE AND NUTRITION FOR ABOUT 2-3 YEARS RIGHT NOW, WE'RE UNDER 6 1/2 MINUTES AWAY FROM LAUNCH. WE HAVE TEAMS HERE IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON STANDING BY TO MONITOR. THEY ARE MUCH MORE INVOLVED ONCE THE VEHICLE APPROACHES THE SPACE STATION, OVERSEEING THE MISSION CONTROL MOSCOW IN CORYOFF. THEY WILL BE TALKING DIRECTLY TO THE CREW. AND CONTINUING LOOK IS A LIVE VIEW OF THE SOY ROCKE ON THE LAUNCH PAD. AT THIS POINT, THE PRELAUNCH OPERATIONS ARE COMPLETE. AND THE COUNTDOWN, THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGE ENGINES ARE READY FOR LAUNCH. THEY WILL CONFIRM THEY HAVE GOTTEN TELEMETRY, INDICATING BAC SUPPORT. WE JUST HEARD THE CALL, AND THAT'S PROBABLY THE COOLEST THINGS ABOUT ONE OF THE LAUNCHES. THEY USE AN ACTUAL KEY, THAT TRANSITIONS THE LAUNCH SEQUENCE INTO THE AUTOMAT MO. WE'RE T-MINUS 5 MINUTES, 15 SECONDS AWAY FROM LAUNCH. AT THIS POINT, THE RANGE, HAS BEEN CLEARED. THE SOYUZ ROCKET IS READY TO BEGIN ITS JOURNEY. AT THIS POINT, FUEL LINES, COMEBUSTIAN CHAMBER TO BLOW OUT REMAINING VAPORS, THAT MAY BE IN THE FUEL LINE. AT THIS POINT, THE DREW MEMBERS HAVE TIRS CLOSED. AT THIS POINT, THEY ARE READY FOR LAUNCH. READ ME LOUD AND CLEAR. EVERYTHING IS FINE AND BOARD. >> HEARING A TRANSLATION BETWEEN COMMANDER ALEX, AND THE ACTUAL LA ENGINEE THERE IN BICONNOR, REPORTING EVERYTHING ON BOARD. THE CREW READY TO GO. >> THE SOYUZ IS LIT UP AND READY FOR -- AND TO KEEP READY FOR TODAY'S FLIGHT. ALL THE SYSTEMS CONTINUING TO ON BOARD CONTROL. >> KEEPING AN EYE ON THE VIDEOS, YOU WILL SEE TWO LARGE TOWERS, ARMS CONNECTED TO THE ROCKET STILL. THE TALLER ONE IS THE FIRST UMBILLICAL TOWER, WILL SEPARATE THE BOOSTER AND WILL INITIATE THE START COMING AROUND T-MINUS. AND WHEN YOU SEE THE SMALLER ATTACHED, IT MEANS WE'RE 15 SECONDS AWAY FROM LAUNCH. T-MINUS 2 MINUTES FROM LAUNCH. ONE MINUTE, 30 SECONDS AWAY. IT DOES LOOK LIKE WE HAVE SOME CLOUD COVER. YOAY SEE IT DISAPPEAR INTO THE CLOUD DECK PRETTY QUICKLY. THE FIRST STAGE WILL LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY. IT WILL BURN IN THE FIRST SEVERAL MINUTES, BEFORE THE BOOSTERS BREAK AWAY. JUST ABOUT ONE NUTE, 50, EACH OF THE FLIGHT. ONE MINUTE AND COUNTING >> ONE MINUTE, TO -- EVERYTHING IS FINE AND WE'RE READY FOR LAUNCH. AND ETERNAL POWER >> SEE THE FIRST UMBILLICAL SEPARATING. NOW KEEPING AN EYE ON THE ONE A LITTLE LOWER DOWN. ONCE THAT SEPARATES, WE'RE 15 SECONDS AWAY FROM LIFT-OFF. . >> AUTO SEQUENCE START. T-MINUS, AND YOU COULD SEE THE ENGINE STARTING TO FIRE. THE FIRST STAGE RAMPING UP. . >> ON THEIR WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WE'RE DOING GREAT. COPY >> AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GET THE TRANSLATIONS THROUGHOUT THE FLIGHT. EVERYTHING IS SOUNDING GOOD WITH THE FIRST STAGE. YOU COULD SEE THE FOUR STRAPS, LIGHTING THE NIGHT SKY. SOYUZ DELIVERING 93000 POUNDS, BEFORE THE BOOSTERS, END THE SINGLE KOREN GIN. YOU COULD SEE THEM PUNCHING THROUGH THE CORE THERE. FIRST MEASURING, AND BURNING LIQUID FUEL TO THE FIRST FEW S . ORIENTATION OF THE VEHICLE. YOU WILL SEE IT ALOT. IT MEANS, EVERYTHING IS PROCEEDING NORMALLY. INDICATORS FROM THE SOYUZ. THINGS LOOKING GOOD INSIDE THE CABIN. YOU COULD SEE JESSICA ON TOP OF THE SCREEN MUCH AND IN THE COMMANDER SEAT >> 1st AND SECOND STAGE BOOSTERS ARE OPERATING NOMINALLY. . >> EVERYTHING CONTINUING TO GO WELL WITH THE SOYUZ CREW. THEY HAVE WELL EXCEEDED OVER 1100 MILES AN HOUR. NEXT THING WE ARE LOOKING FOR, ESCAPE TOWER JETSON. AND THEN THE FIRST STAGE, STRAP ON BOOSTERS SEPARATING. THERE, GETTING A GREAT VIEW. YOU COULD SEE THEM ACROSS THE FIRST STAGE, BOOSTERS HAVE SEPARATED, ALONG WITH THE TOWER. THEY WILL USE ALREADY, 28 MILES. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. WE ARE FEELING GREAT, COP >> SOYUZ TRAVELLING EXCESS OF 330 MILES AN HOUR. AND SOYUZ POWER, BY THE CORE STAGE ENGINE. WE SEE THE LAUNCH IS CONFIRMED. >>ND A THE LAUNCH CROWD, PROTECTING, DURING THE INITIAL CLIMB. THIS IS THE VIEW FROM OMNI SOYUZ CRAFTED SELF. YOU'RE BEING LOOING DOWN AT THE FOLDED SOYUZ ARRAYS. WE'RE OVER 3 MINUTES INSIDE, ROCKET ALTITUDE, 48 MILES IN HEIGHT. AT THIS POINT, TRAVELLING 136 MILES AN HOUR. >> AND SECOND STAGE, ARE OPERATING NOMINALLY. >> EVERYTHING CONTINUES TO GO WELL WITH THE COURSE AGE. COURSE AGE, 36 FEET I LENGTH, 13 1/2 FEET IN DIAMETER. AND IT PROVIDES BETWEEN 170,220 OF THRUST DEPENDING ON THE ALTITUDE. THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BURN 4 MINUTES, 43 SECONDS INTO THE FLIGHT. SOYUZ WILL USE WHAT IS CALLED THE HOT STAGE TECHNIQU. >> REPORTS EVERYONE DOING WELL ON BOARD. THEY WILL SEE THE THIRD STAGE ST TOFIRE, WHILE THE SECOND STAGE IS STILL CONNECTED AS LATTIS-LIKE STRUCTURE, ALLOWING THE EXHAUST TO ESCAPE. IT ALLOWS THEM TO DROP AWAY, WITH THE THIRD STAGE POWERING THE SOYUZ INTO THE INITIAL ORBIT. >> LAUNCH VEHICLE IS NOMINAL. WE'RE STANDING BY. SECOND STAGE SHUT DOWN. >> STANDING BY FOR THE 3RD STAGE IGNITION. CONFIRMATION, SHUT DOWN. SOYUZ IS POWERED BY THE THIRD STAGE ENGINE. >> COPY. OUT OF COMMAND. WENT THROUGH. AND EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. COPY HOLD. ISM EVERYTHING TO CONTINUING TO PROCEED SMOOTHLY. CORE SEPARATING ABOUT 105 MILES IN HEIGHT. AND NOW BEING PROPELLED BY THE SINGLE ENGINE OF THE STAGE. AND IT WILL BURN A LITTLE OVER 4 MINUTES. FINAL PHASE OF THE ROCKET JOURNEY INTO ORBIT. >> STAGE ROCKET IS OPERATING NOMINALLY. AGAIN, THIS IS A VIEW LOOKING BACK TOWARDS THE END. THAT WILL BE CUTTING IN AND OUT, ANIMATION OF WHAT'S TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW. THE THIRD STAGE ENGINE, GOING TO CONTINUE TO FIRE AND CARRY THE VEHICLE INTO ORBIT. IT IS A VIEW, SEEING THE FOLDED SOYUZ ARRAYS, ALONG WITH THE SERIES OF ANTENNAS, WILL DEPLOY, AFTER THE SOYUZ MAKES ITS INITIAL ORBIT. WE'RE STILL 2 MINES AWAY OF THE SHUT DOWN OF THE THIRD STAGE. EVERYTHING CONTINUING TO GO SMOOTHLY FOR THE RIDE, TAKING OFF RIGHT ON TIME, AT 8:57 A.M. CENTRAL TIME. THE THING IS LOOKING GOOD SO FAR WITH THE CREW. ALEX APPROACHING ALMANSOORI, INSIDE THE SPACECRAFT WELL ON THE WAY TO ORBIT. >> 100 SECONDS. SPACECRAFT, STABLE. 450 SECONDS INTO THE FLIGHT, THE FLIGHT IS NOMINAL. >> WE'RE APPROACHING, 8 MINUTES SINCE LIFT-OFF. AT THIS POINT, THE VEHICLE TRAVELLING, VELOCITY, ALMOST 13,500 MILES AN HOUR. WE'LL SEE THE ENGINE OF THE THIRD STAGE CUT OFF AND SEPARATE, INTO THE INITIAL ORBIT. SPACECRAFT IS STABLE. COPY ALL. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD AND WE'RE FEELING GREAT, COPY. 500 SECONDS, EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL. >> YOU SEE THE THIRD STAGE SEPARATE FLY AWAY. >> WE'RE HANDING YOU OVER TO MOSCO >> FOR YOUR THIRD STAGE SEPARATION. WORKING FROM 35 TO 30 ALL. AND WE'RE STANDING BY TO THE FIRST MEASUREMENT, STAGE 3 >> WE ARE GETTING REPORT THAT ALL THE SPACE ANTENNAS HAVE DEPLOYED. RUSSIAN COSMONAUT, SKRIPOCHKA AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ALMANSOORI NOW IN OUTER SPACE, BEGINNING THEIR CHASE DOWN OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. ONE AND TWO FLOW CENTERS ARE CLOSED. COPY THOSE IS WONDERFUL. >> OVERSIGHT OF THE SPACECRAFT, TRANSFERRING TO THE MISSION CONTROL CENTER, OUTSIDE OF MOSCOW. WE DID GET CONFIRMATION, SOLAR RAYS AND ANTENNAS HAVE DEPLOYED. SPACECRAFT IN GOOD HEALTH AND ALONG THE WITH CREW, READY TO MAKE THE SIX HOUR JOURNEY TO THE SPACE STATION. >> WE'RE STANDING BY. THE FIRST MEASUREMENT, STATION 26 FROM VIEW. COW, THIS IS -- AND IN THE AIR, WAS NOMINAL AND ON TIME. COPY. MOSCOW, THIS IS HERMAN 2. I'M READY TO PERFORM THE FIRST MEASUREMENT. 17, 08, 05. PRESSURE IS 2, 824. BULL PRESSURE IS 821. 18, 18 DECIMAL 1. 19. 269, 20, 23, 21. 3, 2, 1. 3, 2, 7. 19.6, 18.1. 9, 800 AND INAUTOMOBILE. COPY, 2, WE HAVE WRITTEN DOWN ALL THE DATA. FIRST UP WITH AND TWO TASK, WERE A STEFT FOR UNDER WEIGHT. AND SOYUZ TEST WAS ALSO UNDER WEIGHT. COPY ALL. WE ARE BUILDING THE EDGES RIGHT NOW. AND AT THE END OF THE COMP PASS, 17:18. . WE WILL DISCUSS, WHAT WE WILL DO D NEXT COMPASS, WHICH WILL START IN 18:59. THE EXCAV VAT AND EXCAVATE EXITS FROM THE COT. AND DON'T FORGET TO SEND THEREFORE, 1 COMMAND. MANUAL CONTROL DESK WILL BE PERFORMED DURING THE NEXT COMPASS, THAT'S PAGE 45, STEP ONE. AND EKAVE INHIBIT IN THE SAME PAGE, AT 183200. COPY ALL. ALSO, FOR YOUR INFORMATION, FROM PAGE 41, SCHEDULE TIME, 18:41 THROUGH 18, INAUDIBLE. COME AGAIN, I DIDN'T QUITE CATCH THAT. 17411801. THAT'S THEELLITE TIME. 17:41, 18:01. THAT'S A GOOD COPY. WE'RE STANDING BY FOR THE NEXT MEASUREMENT. MOSCOW SURMOUNT TWO, READY TO REPORT THE NEXT MEASUREMENT FOR YOU. WE'RE READY TO COPY. INAUTOMOBILE. PRESSURE IS 82 INAUDIBLE. 25, 47, INAUDIBLE. COPY ALL. WE HAVE COPIED ALL THE MEASUREMENTS. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL, COPY. MOSCOW SUR MONT ONE. >> THE CREW NOW IN SPACE. YOU COULD HEAR THEM RUNNING THROUGH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SYSTEM CHECKS ON BORE THE SOYUZ. WE WILL TAKE A COUPLE MORE #ASK NASA QUESTIONS. THIS ONE FROM GERMANY, DOES NASA EVER ANSWER THE #ASK NASA QUESTIONS. I COULD SAY, YES, WE DO. OUR NEXT ONE, HARVARD ELEMENTARY. WHAT DO ASTRONAUTS LIKE TO DO FOR ENTERTAINMENT NOW IN SPACE? IT'S MUCH CURBIER NOW. THE ASTRONAUTS HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET WHILE THEY ARE UP THERE. THEY ALSO HAVE BOOKS. THEY CAN READ THINGS ON-LINE. WE HAVE TV AND MOVIES MADE AVAILABLE. THEY HAVE SEVERAL INSTRUMENTS ON BOARD THE SPACE STATION. PLENTY OF WAYS TO STAY ENTERTAINED WHILE THEY ARE SPENDING LONG DURATIONS IN SPACE. NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM CHRIS. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TRAIN TO GO TO SPACE? IT DEPENDS ON THE MISSION FOR MOST OF ASTRONAUTS THA ARE GOING UP TO DO ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR IN SPACE. THEY WILL SPEND ABOUT TWO YEARS TRAINING JUST FOR THAT MISSION. SO TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT, THEY WILL GO THROUGH A FEW YEARS, ASTRONAUT, 101 TRAINING. E YOU GET ASSIGNED, IT TAKES ABOUT TWO YEARS. THAT'S TRAINING NOT ONLY HERE IN HOUSTON BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN RUSSIA, TRAINING IN THE RUSSIAN SYSTEMS, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE GOING TO FLY IN THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT. ALSO IN PLACES LIKE JAPAN, DIFFERENTOUNTRIES IN EUROPE, FOR THE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS ON BOARD, MANAGED BY THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. MRS. MELTRY'S CLASS, WHY THE LAUNCH AROUND KAZAKHSTAN. IT GOES TO WHERE THE U.S. BUILT. AND WHEN IT BECAME THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, THEY STILL USE ALL THE SAME INFRASTRUCTURE AND THEY WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THAT'S WHERE THE SUZ LAUNCHES IS FROM. WE DON'T HAVE THE CURRENT VEHICLE LAUNCH. AND THAT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE, ONCE THE VEHICLE CREW MEMBERS COME ON LINE, PROVIDING, WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR. YOU'LL BE SEEING MORE LAUNCHES OF PEOPLE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, FROM DIFFERENT STATIONS THAN EVER BEFORE. NEXT UP, WE HAVE ONE FROM SOPHIA, WHO WANTED TO KNOW, WHAT MEMORABLE ITEMS ASTRONAUTS ARE DIFFERING TO SPACE. THEY GET SOME ALOTMENT. MOST OF IT IS KEPT PRIVATE. WE DO KNOW, INSIDE THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT TODAY, THERE WAS A 0G INDICATOR. BASICALLY A SMALL TOY HUNG ABOVE THE CREW MEMBERS, THAT INDICATES, WHERE THEY ARE IN IT WAS APLUS, UNIFORM, FROM ALEX'S DAUGHTER. AND ALMANSOORI MAKING HIS FIRST SPACE TRIP INTO SPACE, WAS ABLE TO SAY HE HAS A SMALL CAMERA FROM HIS CHILDREN. THEY DO GET A SMALL ALOTMENT. IT'S DIFFICULT TO PACK EVERYTHING IN A TIGHT SPACE AND ALL THE IMPORTANT STUFF GOES FIRST. NEXT QUESTION, FROM ERIC, WHERE ALONG THE JOURNEY, DOES THE ROCKET DISINTEGRATE? NOT ALL THE PIECES OF THE ROCKET WILL DISINTEGRATE. SOME WILL MAKE THE REENTRY BACK TO THE EARTH'S GROUND. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS, RUSS. THERE'S UNINHIBITED LAND, WHERE YOU WILL FIND. THAT'S WHY IN AMERICA, WE TYPICALLY LAUNCH FROM BODIES OF WATER, RIGHT NOW FROM THE KENNEDY OFF THE COASTF FLORIDA AND THE FACILITY IN VIRGINIA. YOU COULD KEEP THE WATER CLEAR. IT'S GOING TO FALL DOWN INTO THE OCEAN. >> ABOUT A CREW OF NINE, ACTING AS A REFEREE. I WOULD SAY THE CHANCES ARE PRETTY SLIM. THEY DO HAVE SOME BALLS ON BOARD THE STATION. I KNOW THEY HAVE A SOCCER BALL AND TYPICALLY HAVE A FOOTBALL. YOU NEVER KNOW SOMETIMES WHAT THE ASTRONAUTS WILL GET UP TO. STAYTUNED. I WILL SAY FOLLOW THE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT, IF YOU WANT TO GET INSIDE, WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE IN SPACE. MOST THE ASTRONAUTS AND INTERNATIONAL SPACE MEMBERS, WHERE THEY HAVE THE FREE TIME, BRINGING THE ENTIRE W ALONG THE JOURNEY WHILE THEY ARE UP THERE. THE NEXT QUESTION COMES FROM M7, AND WANTED TO KNOW, IS THERE ANY FUTURE PLANS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CREW ON SOYUZ. THERE'S NO PLANS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PLANS ON SOYUZ. IT IS A THREE SEATER. T WILL REMAIN ONCE WE START FINDING THE COMMERCIAL CREW VEHICLES, THOSE HOPE FOR. YOU WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN THE TOTAL SIZE OF THE POPULATION ON BOARD OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FROM SIX TO SEVEN. WE'RE ALSO, WOULDING ON FINDI A NEW PERMANENT SPACE FOR THE 7TH CREW MEMBER TO SLEEP ONCE THEY ARE ON BOARD MUCH WE HAVE QUESTIONS, WITH THE SLEEP QUARTERS. WITH THE NINE PEOPLE, SIX WILL HAVE THE SLEEP QUARTERS. AND EVENTUALLY, ONCE WE HEAD TO 7 CREW MEMBER, THERE'S A 7TH CREW MEMBER ADDED ON BOARD THE SPACE STATION. NEXT ONE, COMES FROM CASSIDY. WHO WANTS TO KNOW, DO THEY SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE ON BOARD? IS THERE A LANGUAGE THEY SPEAK, WHERE THEY CAN ALL COMMUNICATE? YES, THERE IS, WHILE TY ARE ON BOARD THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT, THEY SPEAK RUSSIAN. THE CREW MEMBERS GO THROUGH THE INTENSIVE RUSSIAN TRAINING ALONG WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTS RIDING ABOARD. AND THAT'S JUST TO, HAVING TO TALKIRECTLY TO RUSSIAN FLIGHT CONTROLLERS. MOST OF THE CREW MEMBERS, WILL SPEAK ENGLISH. THERE'S USUALLY A BEVY OF LANGUAGES ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. PRIMARY TO THE RUSSIAN AND ENGLISH. LAST ONE, COMES FROM BUBBLES. DO ASTRONAUTS REMAIN FIT IN SPACE? THAT'S FROM AN 8-YEAR-OLD. 8-YEAR-OLD, BUBBLES, THEY GET 2 1/2 HOURS DURING THE DAY. LIFT 9:57 A.M. IN THE EAST COAST. WE'RE ACTUALLY IN THE NEXT DAY IN BICONNOR. >> ALL RIGHT THOSE ARE THE LAUNCH REPLAYS. THE DAY IS NOT DONE. BE SURE TO TUNE TO NASA TV AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. IT STARTED AT 11:30. WE WILL HAVE A VIDEO FILE, POST LAUNCH INTERVIEWS, WHERE PEOPLE BACK IN BICONNOR. WE WILL BE BACK, FOR DOCKING COVERAGE. DOCNG EXPECTED AT 2:45 P.M. CENTRAL. THREE CREW MEMBERS ARRIVING AT THE STATION. AFTER THAT, WE WILL BREAK FOR A FEW HOURS, WE'LL GET READY TO OPEN UP THE HATCHETTE AND CENTRAL TIME, HATCH OPENING ITSELF, 4:45. WHICH TIME, CREW MEMRS WILL MAUR WAY ON BOARD. WE WILL HAVE NINE PEOPLE ON BOARD. ALL OF THAT WILL BE WRAPPED UP AT THE END OF THE DAY, 7:30 CENTRAL TIME, VIDEO FILE, SHOWING THE DOCKET AND OPENING. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN THIS MORNING. STEP ONE TO THE JOURNEY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACETION. BE SURE TO COME BACK LATER THIS AFTERNOON, AS WE GET READY TO ADD THREE CREW MEMBERS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. FOR NOW WE WILL GO AHEAD AND SIGN OFF. THIS IS HOUSTON CONTROL MISSION. Hey You're watching NASA TV. On the air and online every day. On this planet and beyond.

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