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September 26, 2014

Soyuz TMA-14M arrives safely at ISS despite solar array issue

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Expedition 41, the current human increment aboard ISS, has expanded from three to six members, with last night’s safe arrival of Soyuz TMA-14M and its crew of Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Yelena Serova, together with U.S. astronaut Barry Wilmore. 
“That little red streak, hidden behind the Dragon solar array is the Soyuz launching.” A remarkable image of the Soyuz TMA-14M ascent, captured by the astronaut Reid Wiseman.

Credit image: NASA

The trio launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Friday, September 26th (local time) (4:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, September 25th), embarking on a six-hour, four-orbit “fast rendezvous” profile to dock with the ISS at 8:11 a.m. Baikonur time Friday (10:11 p.m. EDT Thursday). However, all did not go entirely to plan, following the failure of one of Soyuz TMA-14M’s electricity-generating solar arrays to deploy properly.
The Soyuz TMA-14M crew Barry Wilmore, Aleksandr Samokutyayev and Yelena Serova will spend 168 days in space, forming the second half of Expedition 41 and the core of Expedition 42. 

Credit image: NASA

Source: NASA

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