The International Space Station will get three new crew members on Tuesday as the Soyuz TMA-22 is expected to dock at 11:33 p.m. EST. The spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:14 p.m. EST on Sunday. Watch footage of the launch:
New Space Station Crew Launches from Kazakhstan
They join Expedition 29 Cmdr. Mike Fossum of NASA and flight engineers Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov. Fossum will hand over command of the station to the new crew within four days.
Fossum, Furukawa, and Volkov launched in June and are scheduled to return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft on Nov. 21. Once they depart, Expedition 30 will begin.
NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers will complete the Expedition 30 crew when they arrive on Dec. 21.