Destination International Space Station

WITH just two days before it is set to blast off for the International Space Station, the Russian Soyuz TMA-22 rocket is transported to the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The launch of the new Soyuz mission with US astronaut Dan Burbank, Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin on board, is scheduled for Monday.

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Five days later Expedition 29, which has been continuing research into the effects of microgravity on the human body, biology, physics and materials and the international education programme for schools and universities, will come to an end when crewmates Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov return home inside the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft, after their five month mission to the space station.