Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft roll out

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft is rolled out by train, on 31 August 2015, from the MIK 112 integration facility to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad 1, in Kazakhstan.

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will leave for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 2 September 2015 with commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov.

Follow the whole mission with live updates via the iriss mission blog and Twitter via @esaoperations

Connect with Andreas at: andreasmogensen.esa.int/

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Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft roll out

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft is rolled out by train, on 31 August 2015, from the MIK 112 integration facility to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad 1, in Kazakhstan.

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will leave for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 2 September 2015 with commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov.

Follow the whole mission with live updates via the iriss mission blog and Twitter via @esaoperations

Connect with Andreas at: andreasmogensen.esa.int/

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The two Galileo satellites are integrated for Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission from French Guiana

Both Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace's September 10 launch have been installed on their side-by-side dispenser system, marking another milestone in preparations for the upcoming mission from French Guiana with the company's workhorse medium-lift Soyuz.

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The two Galileo satellites are integrated for Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission from French Guiana

Both Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace's September 10 launch have been installed on their side-by-side dispenser system, marking another milestone in preparations for the upcoming mission from French Guiana with the company's workhorse medium-lift Soyuz.

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The two Galileo satellites are integrated for Arianespace’s next Soyuz mission from French Guiana

Both Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace's September 10 launch have been installed on their side-by-side dispenser system, marking another milestone in preparations for the upcoming mission from French Guiana with the company's workhorse medium-lift Soyuz.

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Soyuz TMA-18M roll out

Every space mission to the International Space Station starts with a train ride. The Soyuz TMA-18M that will take ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, cosmonaut commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov to space 2 September at 4:37 GMT was rolled out to the launchpad 31 August 2015.

It is a short distance from the final assembly building to the launchpad, but the train rides slowly. Later the Soyuz rocket and spacecraft are erected ready for launch.Their Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft will reach 28 800 km/h in less than an hour. Within 10 minutes of rising from the pad, the trio will have travelled over 1640 km and gained 210 km altitude. Every second for nine minutes, their spacecraft will have accelerated 50 km/h on average.

Andreas is heading for the International Space Station on a 10-day mission to test technology, new ways of running space missions and swap a spacecraft.

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Comet on 22 August 2015 – NavCam

This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on 22 August 2015 from a distance of 336 km from the comet centre. The image has a resolution of 28.6 m/pixel and measures 29.3 km across. 

The comet reached the closest point to the Sun along its 6.5-year orbit, or perihelion, on 13 August 2015. The comet’s activity, at its peak intensity around perihelion and in the weeks that follow, is clearly visible in the image, including a significant outburst.

The original image and more information is available on the blog: CometWatch 22 August

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NASA Awards Contract for Construction of New Mission Launch Command Center at Wallops Flight Facility

NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center (MLCC) at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

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