BAIKONUR, November 24. /TASS/. Russia’s manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-15M with an international crew on board has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), the Baikonur space center, where the Soyuz had been launched from, told TASS.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev , Yelena Serova and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, on the ISS since September, are meeting the new crew consisting of Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (Sevastopol, Crimea born), American Terry Virts and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
The hatches between the docked Soyuz and the space station will be opened Monday at 07:30-08:00 a.m. Moscow Time, the Moscow Region-based Mission Control Center told TASS. http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/761298
Preflight Interview: Anton Shkaplerov
I was born in Sevastopol. It’s the city of Russian, Navy Seamen. We have a huge base in the south of Crimea. It’s a beautiful, beautiful white town because most of the old buildings are made of white stones. The water is wonderful. I spent my whole childhood on the beach playing with my friends, it was a great time, and I was always surrounded by the military. My dad worked on a submarine and the whole town lived for the navy and by the way of the navy, and I would always would see officers around, navy officers around me in uniform, looked just, and I knew that I had to look just as good and that these people have a future, and I wanted to be like them. My parents were just great. They brought me up as I am now and I wanted to thank them for that. I had great teachers in high school. That’s why I love mathematics, physics, physical training. I would like to thank my first instructors who taught me to fly airplanes, and it’s all this actually contributed into me becoming a cosmonaut and flying into space.