July 2019 Expedition 60 Crew Launch to the International Space Station


>>A TEAM OF LAUNCH CONTROLLERS IS WATCHING OVER A ALL SYSTEMS ABOARD THE SOYUZ ROCKET WHICH IS FULLY FUELED AND READY FOR LAUNCH. NO ISSUES HAVE BEEN TRACKED THROUGHOUT THE DAY WHICH BEGAN WITH FUEL AND OXIDIZER LOADING IN THE SOYUZ BOASTER ABOUT 6:28 A.M. CENTRAL TIME, 4:28 P.M. IN BAIKONUR. FUELING OF THE SOYUZ BOOSTER WAS COD ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER. ALONG WITH THE FLIGHT CONTROL TEAMS AROUND THE WORLD SUPPORTING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PROGRAM HERE IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON A TEAM IS WATCHING OVER THE EXPEDITION 60 CREW AND SPACE STATION SYSTEMS PREPARING TO SUPPORT THE INCREASE IN CREZE LATE TODAY FROM 3:00 TO 6:00 WITH THE ADDITION OF NASA ASTRONAUT DREW MORGAN, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ASTRONAUT LUCA PARMITANO AND RUSSIAN COSMONAUT ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV. THE IS ABOUT TO BGIN A PLANNED ORBIT SIX-HOUR FLIGHT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WITH DOCKING SCHEDULE FOR 6:51 P.M. EASTERN TIME. THEIR SOYUZ MS-13 SPACECRAFT WILL BE DOCKING LATER TODAY TO THE PORT OF THE VESDA SERVICE MODULE JOINING THE SOYUZ MS-12 SPACECRAFT LINKED TO THE ORSIAT MODULE OF THE EARTH-FACING SEGMENT. MORGAN, PARMITANO AND SKVORTSOV WILL JOIN THE CURRENT SPACE RESIDENTS ON BOARD. SAS A NAUTS CHRISTINA KOCH AND CHRIS HAGUE AND ALEXEI CHINIA WHO ARRIVED MARCH 15th. HERE IN HOUSTON THE TEAM IN MISSION CONTROL WILL BE MONITORING TODAY’S LAUNCH AND FLIGHT ON TE RUSSIANOM THE COUNTERPARTS. EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ASTRONAUT ANDREAS MORGANSON WILL BE TALKING TO THE CREW THROUGHOUT THE DAY. RING THE SOYUZ CLIMB TOT TRACKING TELEMETRY WILL BE ROUTED TO THE CONTROL CENTER ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MOSCOW. YOU’RE LOOKING AT A VIEW OF THE CONTROL ROOM FROM A BALCONY CAMERA AND THROUGHOUT THE DAY WE’LL BE TAKING QUESTIONS FROM YOU ON SOCMEDIA, IF YOU HAVE SOYUZ LAUNCH QUESTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE ANSWERED DURING OUR BROADCAST, PLEASE SUBMIT THEM ON TWITTER, USING THE HASHTAG ASK NASA.>>COPIES ALL THE PERIMETERS.>>WITH THIS DAY OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE SO MUCH ON OUR MINDS IT IS NOT LOST ON THE CREW MEMBERS OURSE SET TO LAUNCH A SHORT TIME FROM NOW. NASA’S DREW MORGAN WHO IS A COLONEL IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY TOOK TO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LAUNCHING ON THE INTERNATIONAL SP STATION, TH 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LANDING OF APOLLO 11 AT TRANQUILITY BASE.>>I THINK IT’S A HUGE HONOR FOR OUR CREW, FOR US TO BEAUNCHING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CREW, INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, IT’S JUST A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO COMMEMORATE THAT AND FOR US HERE IN THE SAME YEAR THAT NASA HAS LAID OUT THIS VERY BOLD PLAN TO RETURN TO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON BY 2024 AS PART OF THE ARTEMIS PROGRAM THIS IS JUST A TREMENDOUS HONOR FOR US TO BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS WAY AND TO BE CARRY THE TOCH FORWARD OF SPACE EXPLORATION AND CONTINUING TO INSPIRE GENERATIONS BOTH TODAY AND GENERATIONS IN THE FUTURE.>>FOR LUCA PARMITANO, A EUTENANT COLONEL IN THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE, THE APOLLO PROGRAM REPRESENTED A DREAM TO BE FULFILLED AND THE MOON AS A SPECIAL DESTINATION TO VISIT. BACK NOW WITH A LIVE VIEW OF THE SOYUZ BOOSTER ON THE LAUNCHPAD AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME. THECOUNTDOW STANDING AT T MINUS 51 MINUTES AND COUNTING BEFORE LAUNCH. LIFTOFF AGAIN SCHEDULED FOR 11:28:20 A.M. CENTRAL TIME, 9:28:20 P.M. IN BAIKONUR. PRELAUNCH PREPARATIONS AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER HAVE GONE BY THE BOOK. EVERYTHING PROCEEDING ON TRACK IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES. THE RETRACTION OF THE GANTRY ARMS WILL BE COMPLETED TO EXPOSE 45 MINUTE SO OF THEOR THEINAL COUNTDOWN. THE CREW CLIMBED ON BOARD THE SOYUZ LESS THAN AN HOUR AGO, STRAPPED INSIDE FOR THEIR ARRIVED ORBIT, CONDUCTED CHECKS, THE HATCH TO THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT IS CLOSED. AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER, LUCA PARMITANO OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, WHO IS A LIEUTENANT COLONEL IN THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE, IN PRELAUNCH ACTIVITIESED A RED SQUARE IN MOSCOW A FEW WEEKS AGO BEFORE THE CREW DEPARTED FOR BAIKONUR ALSO OFFERED HIS VIEWS ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LAUNCHING ON THIS DAY, THE 50thANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11th LANDING ON THE MOON.>>I THINK MY GENERATION WAS AFFECTED BY THE APOLLO PROGRAM DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE DIDN’T SEE IT HAPPENING. I WAS BORN ABOUT SIX YEARS AFTER THE LAST MOON LANDING. BUT IT WAS SUCH A MOMENTOUS EVENT, IT CHANGED FOREVER, THAT IT CREATED WHAT I WOULD CALL A COLLECTIVE MEMORY. GROWING UP I WOULD SEE IT INIS TO OR — TOYS OR REPORTS ON TV, DOCUMENTARIES, I WOULD HEAR MY PARENTS TALK ABOUT IT AND AS A MATTER OF FACT, FOR THE FIRST 0 0 — 10 OR 12 YEARS OF MY LIFE I WAS CONVIN WERE STILL GOING TO THE MOON. I WAS NOT AWARE WE HAD STOPPED TRAVELING TO THE MOON LONG BEFORE I WAS BORN. SO IT GAVE ME A SENSE THAT GOING TO THE MOON AND BEING AN ASTRONAUT WAS SOMETHING POSSIBLE, DESPITE THE FACT I WAS BORN IN SICILY, THE PERIP OF EUROPE, FARAWAY FROM ANYTHING AEROSPACE RELATED. I THINK IT AFFECTEDME MORE WAYS THAN I CAN DESCRIBE BECAUSE IT GAVE ME THAT SENSE OF POSSIBILITY WHICH IS WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WHEN I TALK TO STUDENTS AND YOUNG KIDS THAT THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.>>THAT WAS LUCA PARMITANO WHO WAS BOARD ENGINEER NUMBER ONE SEATED IN THE LEFT SEAT OF THE SOYUZ MS-13. YOU SEE THIS IN THE LAUNCHPAD WHERE HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT BEGAN AGO, MO THAN 58 YEARS AGO WITH HIS LAUNCH ON APRIL 12th, 1961. AGAIN, JUST NOW BEGINNING THE RETRACTION OF THE GANTRY ARMS, THE SERVICE STRUCTURES THAT HAVE SURROUNDED THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT AND ITS BOOSTER SINCE IT ED OUT TO THE LAUNCHPAD BACK ON THURSDAY. THE LAUNCH AGAIN IS JUST 47 1/2 MINUTES FROM NOW AT 11:28:20 A.M. CENTRAL TIME, 12:28:20 P.M. EASTERN TIME. SPEC GRAPHICS HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR THE 57th ANNIVERSARY OF A APOLLO 11 LANDING ON THE MOON. YOU SEE THE INSIGNIAS FOR THE PROGRAM, THE APOLLO 11 LOGO, THE 50th ANNIVERSARY AND THE WORDS WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND, THE WORDS ON THE PLAQUE ON THE LEG OF THE LUNAR MODULE EAGLE THAT LANDED AT TRANQUILITY BASE 50 YEARS AGO TODAY. EARLIER TODAY LESS THAN AN HOUR AGO THE LEGENDARY FLIGHT DIRECTOR ON CONSOLE IN THE MISSIONS CONTROL ROOM ONE FLOOR ABOVE US JEAN KRANZ VISITED FLIGHT DIRECTOR MARY LAWRENCE AND SPACECRAFT COMMUNIATOR ANDREAS MORGANSON ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LANDING OF EAGLE AT TRANQUILITY BASE ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHIEF FLIGHT DIRECTOR, THIS TRULY A MOMENT IN HISTORY, KRANZ WEARING HIS TRADITIONAL WHITE VEST. HIS CALL SIGN WAS WHITE FLIGHT BACK DURING THE DAY. VISITING MARY LAWRENCE WHOSE CALL SIGN IS INFINITY FLIGHT ON THIS 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LANDING OF APOLLO 11, NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN THAT OCCURRED AT 3:18 P.M. CENTRAL TIME, 4:18 EASTERN P.M. EASTERN TIME NEAR THE CRATER MOLTGI AT TRANQUILITY BASE ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON TO REWRITE HUMANKIND HISTORY. YOU SEE AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN SOYUZ COMMANDER ALEKS SKVORTS TO HIS LEFT AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN IS EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ASTRONAUT LUCA PARMITANO JUST OUT OF THE FIELD OF VIEW TO THE RIGHT OF SKVORTSOV IS NASA ASTRONAUT DREW MORGAN, HANGING OVER SKVORT IS A ZERO G INDICATOR, A TOY DUCK THAT SKVORTSOV USED AS A MASCOT TO INDICATE MOTION DURING POWERED FLIGHT AND ABSENCE OF GRAVITY ONCE THE SOYUZ SEPARATES FROM THE THIRD STAGE OF ITS BOOST NEAR THE PRELIMINARY ORBIT FOR THE CHASE TO CATCH UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, THE SAME MASCOT THAT SKVORTSOV FLEW ON HIS TWO PREVIOUS SOYUZ FLIGHTS. HE’S ABOUT TO EMBARK ON HIS THIRD FLIGHT INTO SPACE, PARMITANO HIS SECOND, DREW MORGAN MAKING HIS FIRST FLIGHT INTO SPACE TODAY. THE COUNTDOWN PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY ON A SWELTERING MIDSUMMER NIGHT AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN KAZAKHSTAN, ABOUT TO BEGIN A MISSION TO INCREASE THE CREW SIZE FROM THREE TO SIX ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, AS EXPEDITION 60 CREW MEMBERS CHRISTINA KOCH, NICK HAGUE AND ALEXEI OCLEANEN, THE CURRENT STION COMMANDER, AIT WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THREE CREW MATES LATER TODAY.>>THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES IN BAIKONUR BEGAN SEVERAL HOURS AGO. THE CREW WAS AWAKENED ABOUT 2:28 CENTRAL TIME, 12:28 P.M. LOCAL TIME IAIKONUR SOMNINE HOURS BEFORE LAUNCH. THE CREW MEMBERS THEN PARTICIPATED IN FINAL PRELAUNCH ACTIVITIES THAT BEGAN AT THEIR CREW QUARTERS AND A TIME-HONORED TRADITION BEFORE DEPARTING FOR THE LAUNCHPAD, THE THREE CREW MEMBERS OBSERVED THE RITUAL O AUTOGRAPHING THE DOORS OF THE ROOM THEY OCCUPIED AT THE HOTEL IN BAIKONUR. THE CREW RECEIVED A TRADITIONAL BLESSING FROM A RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PRIEST. AND THEN TO E TADITIONAL MUSIC AROUND 5:28 A.M. CENTRAL TIME THE CREW DEPARTED THE COSMONAUT HOTEL AND BOARDED A BUS FOR THEIR 40-MINUTE RIDE TO THE INTEGRATION AND SUIT-UP BUILDING FACILITY AT 2:44 INIDE THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME. EXTREMELY HOT DAY IN BAIKONUR. [ Cheering and Applause ] LARGE THRONG OF FAMILY MEMBERS AND WELL-WISHERS ON HAND TO WATCH THE CREW BID FAREWELL AS THEY CLIMBED ABOARD THEIR BUS FOR THE 40-MINUTE RIDE OUT TO THE COSMODROME AND THE SUITUP FACILITY AT SITE 254.>>OKAY, GUYS. WE’RE WITH YOU.>>THE CREW BUS DEPARTED FOR THE SUITUP FACILITY. NOW YOU’RE LOOKING INSIDE SITE 254 SEVERAL HOURS AGO AS THE CREW BEGAN ITS SUITUP PROCEDURES, THE SOY COMMANDER, ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV, SUITING UP INSIDE HIS LAUNCH AND ENTRY SUIT JOINED IN THAT ACTIVITY BY LUCA PARMITANO AND DREW MORGAN. YOU WILL SEE IN A MOMENT AS THE SUITS WERE PRESSURIZED TO ENSURE THEY WERE LEAK-FREE AS FAMILY MEMBERS LOOKED ON ACROSS A PROTECTIVE PANE OF GLASS MAINTAINING QUARANTINE WITH THE SUITUP HAVING BEEN COMPLETED ABOUT 3 1/2 HOURS PRIOR TO LAUNCH.THIS IS VIDEO RECORDED JA FEW HOURS AGO AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN KAZAKHSTAN. ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV AND LUCA PARMITANO WILL BE ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION UNTIL FEBRUARY 6th NEXT YEAR. A SLIGHTLY EXTENDED STAY FOR DREW MORGAN. HE WILL REMAIN ON BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION UNTIL APRIL 1st OF NEXT YEAR, RETURNING HOME WITH ALEX RAPOKA AND JESSICA MUIR OF NASA WHO WILL BE LAUNCHING. LARGE THRONG OF FAMILY MEMBERS AND VIPs AND WELL-WISHERS IN THE SUITUP FACILITY SEPARATED BY THE PROTECTIVE PANE OF GLASS TO MAINTAIN MEDICAL QUARANTINE. MORGAN SET TO BEGIN THE FIRST FLIGHT FOR HIM. THIS WILL BE THE SECOND FLIGHT INTO SPACE FOR LUCA PARMITANO AND THE THIRD COMING UP FOR ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV. WE’LL BE TALKING MORE ABOUT THESE THREE CREW MEMBERS JUST A FEW MOMENTS FROM NOW.>>THERE YOU SEE DREW MORGAN SETTLING INTO WHAT ESSENTIALLY IS A REPLICA OF THE SEAT HE’S NOW STRAPPED INTO ABOARD THE SOYUZ MS-13 SPACECRAFT AS THE LEAK CHECKS WERE CONDUCTED TO ENSURE THAT HIS SUIT IS AIRTIGHT AND READY TO SUPPORT THE EIGHT-MINUTE 45 SECOND FLIGHT TO ORBIT. COUNTDOWN, BY THE WAY, PROCEEDING ON TRACK. LAUNCH SCHEDULED LESS THAN 36 1/2 MINUTES FROM NOW.>>THAT IS GOOD. THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU ARE HAPPY TO SEE.>>YOU SEE LUCA PARMITANO SETTLING IN FOR HIS PRESSURIZATION CHECK OF HIS AND ENTRY SUIT THERE’S DREW MORGAN AS HE STRODE UP TO THE GLASS TO HAVE A CHAT WITH HIS FAMILY, FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO THEM BEFORE HEADING TO THE LAUNCHPAD.>>AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CREW IN GOOD SPIRITS, VERY ANIMATED AS THEY HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT THEIR SUITUP, THE FINAL HOURS BEFORE LIFTOFF.>>WE ONLY USE THEM ONCE. FROM HERE, FROM LIFTOFF TO THE ROCKET AND THEN THAT’S IT. TO CHECK WHEN WE’RE FLYING, IT’S LIKE THIS. [ Conversation Din ] [ Cameras Shuttering ]>>AND THEIR SUITS LEAK-FREE AND READY SUPPORT LA, THE CREWS THEN EXCHANGED FINAL THOUGHTS WITH SENIOR RUSSIAN NASA AND EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY MANAGERS, ONE FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE EXPRESSIONS OF GOOD LUCK AND GODSPEED BEFORE DEPARTING FOR THE LAUNCHPAD.>>EVERYTHING IS FINE. HAVE A GREAT FLIGHT. HAVE A SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT. WISHING YOU THAT EVERYTHING GOES AS PLANNED. I AM GLAD TO SEE YOU HAPPY, D, GOAL ORIENTED. IN YOUR SUCCESS, ALL THE BEST.>>YOU GUYS LOOK GREAT. WE HAVE VERY WARM FEELINGS ABOUT YOU, YOUR MISSION AND THIS FLIGHT. SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS ARE WELL TRAINED. YOU LOOK VERY READY TO GO. WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING YOU UP ON ORBIT AND A GREAT MISSION. HAVE SOME FUN AND WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE FOR THE LANDING. ALL THE BEST.>>WE’RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR MISSION. WE CROSS OUR FINGERS FOR YOUR FLIGHT. YOU ARE PART OF HISTORY. PLEASE TAKE CARE. ALL THE BEST FOR YOU. ALL OF YOU HAVE TWO FLIGHTS ALREADY, SO YOU HAVE TWO, YOU HAVE THREE, YOU HAVE ONE. ALL OF YOU, EVERYBODY (INAUDIBLE).>>ONCE AGAIN, MAINTAINING TRADITION, THE CREW MEMBERS STRODE OUT OF THE SITE 254 INTEGRATION BUILDING TOWARDS RUSSIAN MANAGERS TO DECLARE ONE FINAL TIME THEY WERE READY FOR LAUNCH BEFORE BOARDING THEIR BUS. THIS WAS ABOUT 8:30 A.M. CENTRAL TIME FOR THE RIDE TO LAUNCHPAD ONE. THE DRIVE TOOK ABOUT 25 MINUTES FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE PAD JUST BEFORE 9 A.M. CENTRAL TIME.>>THE TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE IS READY FOR LAUNCH.>>GOOD LUCK. ALL THE BEST. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>BACK AWAY FROM THE BUS. STEP AWAY FROM THE BUS.>>THIS VIDEO NOW SHOWING THE CREW ARRIVING AT THE LAUNCHPAD ONE. HE PAD, THE CREW YOU WILL SEE IN A MOMENT, CLIMBED A FEW STAIRS AND WAVED GOODBYE TO WELL-WISHERS ENTERING THE ELEVATOR FOR THE RIDE TO THE TOP OF THE SOYUZ ROCKET TO BOARD THEIR CAPSULE, WHICH THEY’VE NOW BEEN ABOARD FOR THE PAST TWO HOURS.>>THE CREW HAS ARRIVED AT THE LAUNCHPAD. SHOULD WE TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS?>>TAKE CARE.>>THANK YOU. GREAT. [ Conversation Din ]>>LUCA! LUCA!>>AND THE ELEVATOR CARRYING THE CREW HEADED UP TO THE 160-FOOT LEVEL WITH THE CREW BOARDED THE SOYUZ VEHIC THEY ARE STRAPPED IN, OF COURSE, AND READY FOR LAUNCH. NOW, BACK WITH A LIVE VIEW OF THE SOYUZ ON THE LAUNCHPAD IN BAIKONUR, THE GANTRY ARMS HAVE BEEN RETRACTED. WE ARE NOW COMING UP ON THE T MINUS 28 MINUTE MARK BEFORE LAUNCH. LIF AGAIN SCHEDULED FOR 11:28:20 A.M. CENTRAL TIME, 9:28:20 P.M. IN BAIKONUR. 50 YEARS AGO, ON THIS DAY, THE WORLD STOOD STILL AND HELD ITS COLLECTIVE BREATH AS NASA REWROTE THE HISTORY BOOKS, OF COUR LANDING HUMANS ON THE MOON. THAT ACHIEVEMENT CAME LESS THAN A DECADE AFTER A CALL TO ACTION BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY. JOIN US NOW AS WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT HOW THOSE WORDS AND THE EFFORTS THAT FOLLOWED INSPIRED AND CONTINUE TO INSPIRE GENERATI.>>THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE WILL GO AHEAD, WHETHER WE JOIN IN IT OR NOT. AND IT IS ONE OF THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF ALL TIME, AND NO NATION WHICH EXPECTS TO BE THE LEADER OF OTHER NAIONS CAN EXPECT TO STAY BEHIND. I CHOOSE THIS AS OUR GOAL. WHY CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, WHY 35 YEARS AGO FLY THE ATLANTIC? WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON. WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON. [ Applause ] [ ♪♪♪ ] WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON.>>THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANND. [ ♪♪♪♪ ]>>EXPEDITION 12 COMMANDER BILL McARTHUR WITH A GREETING FOR H HAS EXPEDITION 11 COUNTERPART. [ ♪♪♪ ] [ Applause ]>>BECAUSE OFYOUR WORK, BECAUSE OF THE INGENUITY, DEDICATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT REFLECTED IN THIS ROOM AND THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAN SPACE ENTERPRISE, THE END OF APOLLO 11, WE FORGED INCREDIBLE BREAKTHROUGHS IN OUR TECHNOLOGY THAT HAVE ALLOWED US TO GO FURTHER, MORE SAFELY IN SPACE THAN EVER BEFORE. LET ME BE CLEAR. THE FIRST WOMAN AND THE NEXT MAN OE MOON WILL BOTH BE AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS.>>ONCE AGAIN, A LIVE VIEW JUST AFTER SUNSET OF THE SOYUZ MS-13, EXTREMELY WARM NIGHT AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN THE CENTRAL ASIAN DESERT. TODAY’S LAUNCH MARKING THE FIRST FLIGHT INTO SPACE FOR NASA’S DREW MORGAN, THE SECOND FOR LUCA PARMITANO OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY AND THE THIRD FOR ROSKOSMOS COSMONAUT AND SOYUZ MS-13 COMMANDER ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV. WITH THAT IN MIND, AND ALOOK AT THE CREW, LET’S TAKE A MOMENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DREW MORGAN, NASA’S NEXT ASTRONAUT TO FLY IN SPACE. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>I THINK I OFTEN DESCRIBE MYSELF A A SOLDIER, A PHYSICIAN, AND AN ASTRONAUT. THE PURSUIT OF THOSE HAPPENED IN THAT ORDER. ONE OF THE EARLIEST MEMORIES I HAVE IS ALWAYS WANTING TO BE IN THE MILITARY, WANTING TO BE A SOLDIER. SERVICE IN OUR FAMILY, BOTH MY GRANDPARENTS, MY FATHER WAS AN AIR FORCE OFFICER AND I ALSO REMEMBERED MY PARENTS TELLING ME A STORY ABOUT MY GREAT UNCLE TERRY McCLINIC WHO WAS A PARATROOPER IN WORLD WAR II. HE WAS IN THE 101st AIRBORNE DIVISION AND JUMPED IN NORMANDY ON D-DAY AND JUMPED IN HOLLAND AND THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I EVER HEARD OF A CONCEIT OF A PARATROOPER AND WHAT IT MEANT TO BE AN AIRBORNE SOLDIER. WHEN I LATER DECIDED AND GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND WENT TO WEST T I KNEW I WS VERY INTERESTED IN THIS CONCEPT OF BEING AN AIRBORNE SOLDIER. AT WEST POINT THEY HAD A PARACHUTE TEAM CALLED THE BLACK KNIGHTS. I MADE THE PARACHUTE TEAM AND THAT BECAME ONE OF THE CENTRAL ACTIVITIES OF MY REMAINING 3 1/2 YEARS OF AT WEST POINT. IN ADDITION TO ACAD AFTR CLASS WE JUMPED MOST DAYS OF THE WEEK BUT WE WERE ALSO A DEMONSTRATION TEAM SO WE JUMPED IN FOOTBALL GAMES. WHILE I WAS A CADET I WENT THROUGH MILITARY BASIC AIRBORNE COURSE WHICH TAUGHT MILITARY STATIC LINE PARACHUTING. SPECIFICALLY THE PARACHUTE ASPECT OFT. IF I GOACK TO THE TIME, MY TEAM. TEAMMATES I WAS SELECTED WITH BECAME MY BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORLD AND CONTINUE TO BE TO THIS DAY. THE CAMARADERIE AND DEPCY WE HAD IN EACH OTHER, OUR AIRCRAFT, SKILLS IN THE AIR, SAFETY CHECKS OF EACH OTHER, THAT TYPE OF CAMARADERIE IS SOMETHING I FEEL NOW WITH MY ASTRONAUT COLLEAGUES AS WELL. I THINK ABOUT HOW 20 YEARS AGO I WAS DEVELOPING THOSE SKILLS AT AN EARLY AGE AND DI EVEN KNOW IT. [ ♪♪♪ ] I’M ANDREW MORGAN AND I’M A SOLDIER, A PHYSICIAN, AND AN ASTRONAUT. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>BORN IN MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA, TO A MILITARY FAMILY, DREW MORGAN MOVED BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK, TEXAS, GREAT BRITAIN, AND DELAWARE, OVER THE COURSE OF HIS HE GRADUATED F HIGH SCHOOL IN DELAWARE, EARNED A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AT THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT AND THEN EARNED A DOCTORATE IN MEDICINE FROM THE UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY AT THE HEALTH SCIENCES IN BETHES DA, MARYLAND. HE’S AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN IN THE U.S. ARMY WITH A SPECIALIZATION IN PRIMARY CARE SPORTS MEDICINE. HE HOLDS RATINGS AS A MILITARY FLIGHT SURGEON AND AS A SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVING MEDICAL OFFICER. HIS MILITARY CAREER INCLUDES SERVICE IN ELITE SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNITS IN WASHINGTON AND IN IAQ,AFGHANISTAN, AND AFRICA. MORGAN, ALONG WITH HIS CURRENT STATION RESIDENTS NICK HAGUE AND RIS TINA KOCH WAS SELECTED TO TOBECOME AN ASTRONAUT AS PART OF NASA’S 21st ASTRONAUT CLASS KNOWN BY THE NICKNAME THE EIGHT BA TOGETHER THEY PARTICIPATED IN A TWO-YEAR HIGHLY SPECIALIZED TRAINING PROGRAM, COMPLETING THAT TRAINING IN JULY OF 2015. MORGAN, HAGUE, AND KOCH ALONG WITH LUCA PARMITANO ARE ALL PART OF WHAT WILL BE THE SPACE STATION’S SPACEWALKING TEAMS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. IN FACT, IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED, MORGAN WILL BE JOINED NICK HAGUE NEXT MONTH TO INSTALL THE NEXT INTERNATIONAL DOCKING ADAPTER TO THE HARMONY MODULE DURING A SPACEWALK AND IS SLATED TO JOIN PARMITANO FOR A COMPLEX SERIES OF SPACEWALKS LATER THIS YEAR TO REPAIR REFURBISH THE ALPHA MAGNETIC SPECTROMETER DELIVERED TO THE STATION IN 2011. IN ADDITION TO BEING AN ACCOMPLISHED SOLDIER, PHYSICIAN AND SOON-TO-BE SPACE TRAVELER THERE’S A LOT MORE TO ASTRONAUT DREW MORGAN. AS WE HEAD INTO THE FINAL MINUTES OF THE LAUNCH COUNTDOWN, LET’S TAKE A LOOK ONCE AGAIN A THIS UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL.>>ROGER.>>WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?>>BAND OF BROTHERS.>>YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?>>ANYTHING SPICY.>>FAVORITE COLOR?>>OLIVE DRAB.>>MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT PERSON?>>MORNING PERSON. I’M NOT DEMONSTRATING THAT VERY WELL NOW.>>FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR.>>MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP.>>ONE THING YOU HAVE IN YOUR FRIDGE ALL THE TIME.>>MILK.>>ACCOMPLISHMENT MOST PROUD OF YOU.>>MY .>>P WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH THE MOST.>>MY WIFE.>>CAREER ACHIEVEMENT.>>GRADUATING AND BEING PROMOTED TO RANGER SCHOOL ON THE SAME DAY.>>ONE SUPERPOWER ONLY.>>TIME TRAVEL.>>FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING.>>LOTS AND LOTS OF CHEESE.>>FAVORITE ANIMAL.>>ARMADILLO.>>FAVORITE DANCE MOVE.>>AIR GUITAR. WHO INSPIRES YOU.>>MY DAD.>>WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR.>>BEING A GOOD HUSBAND AND FATHER.>>WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF.>>BE A GOOD TEAM PLAYER.>>IF YOU COULD SPEND ONE DAY ON MARS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO THERE FOR FUN?>>TAKE PICTURES.>>WHAT IS A LIFE G YOU PLAN TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR?>>COME HOME SAFELY FROM SPACE.>>BORN IN PATERNO, ITALY, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ASTRONAUT LUCA PARMITANO IS A LIEUTENANT COLONEL IN THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE. AFTER COMPLETING A BACHELOR DEGREE IN THE SCIENCE IN 1999 HE GRADUATED FROM THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE ACADEMY IN 2000. THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE COMPLETED BASIC FLIGHT TRAINING WITH THE U.S. AIR FORCE INVOLVED IN EUROPEAN NATO JOINT JET PILOT TRAINING AT SHEPHERD AIR FORCE BASE IN TEXAS. HE CONTINUED HIS TRAINING COMPLETING COURSEWORK IN GERMANY IN 2002, IN ITALY IN 2003 AND BELGIUM IN 2005 AND THEN COMPLETING A MASTER’S DEGREE IN EXPERIMENTAL FLIGHT TEST ENGINEERING IN JULY OF 2009. PARMITANO FLEW THE AMX AIRCRAFT WITH THE 13th GROUP, 32nd WING IN AMENDOLA, ITALY, FROM 2001 TO 2007, OBTAINING ALL AIRCRAFT QUALIFICATIONS DURING THAT TIME. IN 2007 HE WAS SELECTED BY THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE TO BECOME A ILOT. HE’S LOGGED MORE THAN 2,000 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME. HE’S QUALIFIED ON MORE THAN 20 TYPES OF MILITARY AIRPLANES AND HELICOPTERS AND HAS FLOWN OVER 40 TYPES OF AIRCRAFT. SELECTED AS AN ASTRONAUT IN 2009, PARMITANO WAS ASSIGNED AS A FLIG ENGINEER TO THE ITALIAN SPACE AGENCY’S FIRST LONG DURATION MISSION ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLYING ABOARD AS A MEMBER OF THE EXPEDITION 36/37 CREW. HE TOOK PART IN A PAIR O SPACEWALKS LOGGING 7:39 MINUTES OUTSIDE THE STATION. HE WILL TAKE OVER COMMAND OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FROMO ALEKSEY OVCHININ. HE’S BOARD NUMBER ONE ON THE LAUNCH. TO THE LEFT, ROSKOSMOS ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV WHO IS RETURNING TO SPACE FOR THE THIRD TIME TODAY. A RETIRED COLONEL IN THE RUSSIAN AIR FORCE, SKVORTSOV ARE WAS BORN IN THE MOSCOW REGION IN RUSSIA. AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN FROM THE AIR FORCE PILOT AND NAVIGATOR SCHOOL AS PILOT ENGINEER HE WENT ON TO GRADUATE FROM THE MILITARY RED BANNER AIR DEFENSE ACADEMY IN 1997. HE SERVED AS A PILOT, SENIOR PILOT AND AIR FLIGHT COMMANDER. SKVORTSOV ENLISTED INTO THE TRAINING CENTER IN 1997, BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE 12th COSMONAUT CLASS AND BECOMING A COSMONAUT IN NF 1999. HE’S QUALIFIED AS A DIVER AND PARAGLIDING INSTRUCTOR HAVING PERFORMED OVER 500 JUMPS. IN 2010 HE GRADUATED FROM THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, WITH A DEGREE IN LAW. DURATION SPACE FLIGHTS BOTH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. IN 2010 HE WAS THE COMMANDER OF SOYUZ TMA-18 AND EXPEDITION 23 FLIGHT ENGINEER AND THE STATION’S EXPEDITION 24 COMMANDER. HIS SECOND SPACE FLIGHT TO PLACE IN 2014, ONCEIN TAKING ON THE ROLE OF COMMANDER OF SOYUZ TMA12M AND WORKING ABOARD THE SPACE STATION AS AN ENGINEER. HE PERFORMED TWO SPACEWALKS ADOCUMENTAL OF 12:33 OUTSIDE THE STATION. HE HAS SERVING AS SOYUZ MS-13 COMMANDER TODAY AND WILL BE A FLIGHT ENGINEER DURING EXPEDITIONS 60 AND 61. AS WE CELEBRATE THE APOLLO 11 ANNIVERSARY TODAY AS WE MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES EARLIER IN HIS BROAD AND INSPIRED BY THE APOLLO MISSION, DREW MORGAN DESCRIBED THE SIGNIFICANCE AND THE SYMBOLISM OF HIS CREW’S EXPEDITION 60 CREW PATCH DURING A RECENT CREW NEWS CONFERENCE.>>ELEMENTS OF THAT PATCH THAT COMMEMORATE THE APO 11OON LANDING. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE APOLLO 11 PATCH BEARS SOME RESEMBLANCE. WE HAVE THE MOON IN THE FOREGROUND AND THE L CONSTELLATION FOR 50 YEARS AND THE E JUST LIKEHE APOLLO 11 PATCH. THE PATCH DESIGNERS AND THE CREW CAME TOGETHER AND REALLY THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT IDEA AND VERY SIMILAR TO APOLLO 11 PATCH. OF COURSE THERE ARE NO NAMES REPRESENTED ON THIS PATCH WHICH WAS AN IMPORTANT. ELEMENT FOR USAS WELL TO RELY EE SENSE THAT THIS WAS THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE WORLD AND NOT ONE SINGLE COUNTRY.>>AND WE’RE BACK WITH OUR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE LAUNCH OF MORGAN, PARMITANO, AND SKVORTSOV. AND OF COURSE ON THE LAUNCHPAD OF THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN KAZAKHSTAN THE SOYUZ MS-13 STANDS ON THEFLOODLETUNCHPAD WITH LIFTOFF SCHEDULED JUST UNDER 14 MINUTES FROM NOW. THE SOYUZ ROCKET STANDS 162 FEET TALL, WEIGHS 680,000 POUNDS AND CONSISTS OF THE SOYUZ MS-13 INSIDE A PRECTIVE SHROUD A THE TOP AND THE THREE-STAGE SOYUZ FG BOOSTER BELOW. THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT THAT WILL TAKE OUR TRIO OF CREW MEMBERS TO ORBIT TODAY MADE IT TO ITS BOOSTER AND THE THREE MAIN STAGES WERE JOINED TOGETHER ON WEDNESDAY. JUST 24 HOURS LAT ON THURSDAY THE SOYUZ ROCKET BEGAN ITS TREK TO THE LAUNCHPAD RIGHT ON TIME AT 7 A.M. BAIKONUR TIME. MAINTAINING TRADITION, ARRIVING LESS THAN TWO HOURS LATER, WHERE IT WAS RAISED TO ITS VERTICAL POSITION FOR FINAL PRELAUNCH PREPARATIONS. THE SOYUZ IS NOW OF COURSE POISED FOR LAUNCH WITH ITS THREE CREW MEMBERS ON BOARD. THE SOYUZ SPACECRAFT SITTING HIGH ABOVE THE THREE STAGES OF THE SOYUZ BOOSTER WHICH USES KEROSENE AND LIQUID OXYGEN AS THE PROPELLANT AT ENGINE IGNITION THE SOYUZ’S ENGINES WILL COME UP TO FLIGHT SPEED. THE LAUNCHPAD HOLD DOWN ARMS WILL RETRACT AND THE BOOSTER ROCKET WILL BE ON ITS WAY. THE FIRST STAGE ENGINES AND LIQUID FUEL STRAP-ON BOOSTERS SOYUZ ARCS OUTTO THE NORTHEASTE FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME ON A TRAJECTORY DESIGNED TO CATCH UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SIX HOURS LATER. JUST BEFORE FIRST STAGE SEPARATION THE VEHICLE’S LAUNCH ESCAPE TOWER WILL BE JETISONED FOLLOWED SECONDS LATER BY THE FOUR STRAPON FIRST STAGE BOOSTERS. ABOUT A HALF MINUTE LATER THE CLAM SHE FARING OF THE BOOSTLER SEPARATE, EXPOSING THE MS-13 FOR THE FIRST TIME AS THE SOYUZ CONTINUES ITS TREK UPHILL. ROCKET WILL BURN UNTIL THE 4:57 MARK WHEN THE THIRD STAGE WILL IGNITE, A HOT STAGE TECHNIQUE THAT PRECEDES THE SEPARATION OF THE SECOND STAGE. THE THIRD STAGE WILL CONTINUE TO FIRE UNTIL 8:45 AFTER LAUNCH WHEN IT TOO WILL SHUT DOWN, LEADING SOYUZ SPACECRAFT SEPARATION. THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOYUZ RAYS AND NAVIGATIONAL ANTENNAS. AT THIS POINT THE SOYUZ AND ITS THREE-MAN CREW WILL BE IN PRELIMINARY O FOR THIS CHASE TO CATCH UP TO AND DOCK TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THAT SOYUZ IS SCHEDULED TO DOCK FOR 5:51 P.M. CETRAL TI 6:51 P.M. EASTERN TIME. ELEVEN MINUTES UNTIL LAUNCH. DOWN AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME, A LARGE GROUP OF NASA, RUSSIAN AND EUROPEAN REPRESENTATIVES IS AT THE COSMODROME SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE LAUNCHPAD. AND WITH THEM, NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER DAN HEWITT WHO IS THERE TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES THERE. DAN.>>HELLO, ROB. COMING TO YOU FROM A VERY SWELTERING KAZAKHSTAN WHERE TEMPERATURES THROUT THE WES ACTIVITIES HAVE CLIMBED INTO THE TRIPLE DIGITS BUT HAVEN’T DAMPENED THE EXCITEMENT TO SEE THIS LAUNCH ONE BIT. FRIENDS AND FAMILY FROM OUR CREW MEMBERS ALONG WITH SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICIALS INCLUDING NASA AND INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PROGRAM MANAGER KIRK SHIREMAN AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL JENS VERNER ARE ALL ON LOCATION TO SUPPORT THE LAUNCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL CREW, TAKING FLIGHT 50 YEARS TO THE DAY AFTER NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN PUT HUMANITY’S FIRST FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON. THEY WILL HAVEO SHORTAGE OF ACTIVITIES ONCE THEY ARRIVE WITH THEIR EXPEDITION SLATED TO BE JAM-PACKED WITH MORE THAN 260 SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONS, A STEADY STREAM OF VISITING SPACECRAFT AND UPWARDS OF A DOZEN SPACEWALKS INCLUDING SOME OF THE MOST AMBITION FORAYS INTO THE VACUUM OF SPACE EVER CONCEIVED THAT WILL SEE MORGAN AND PARMITANO WORK TO EXTEND LIFE OF THE ALPHA MAGNETIC SPECTROMETER, A MASSIVE PARTICLE PHYSICS EXPERIMENT LOOKING TO UNLOCK THE SECRETS BEHIND THE ORIGIN OF OUR UNIVERSE. FOR NOW I’LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU, ROB, AND MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON AS WE COUNT DOWN TO LIFTOFF HIN BAIKONUR.>>BACK WITH A LIVE VIEW OF THE SOYUZ ON THE LAUNCHPAD. THE COUNTDOWN APPROACHING THE T MINUS NINE-MINUTE MARK. INSIDE THE CREW CABBEN THE CREW IS MAKING FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR LAUNCH. A GOOD VIEW OF DREW MORGAN, HIS FAMOUS PARTIALLY OBSCURED BY THE MASCOT HE’S BATTING AROUND IN A PLAYFUL MANNER. AT THE LOWER SCREEN I ALEKSAN VORTSOV. JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO THE CREW COMPLETED THEIR FINAL SUIT LEAK CHECKS, THE TESTING OF THE DESCENT MODULE IN WHICH THE THREE CREW MEMBERS ARE STRAPPED INSIDE IS NOW COMPLETE. THE SPACECRAFT’S GYROS ARE IN FLIGHT READINESS AND FLIGHT RECOS HAVE NOW BEEN ACTIVATED. JUST 8 1/2 MINUTES AWAY FROM LAUNCH, PRELAUNCH OPERATIONS NEARLY COMPLETE AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME. LAUNCH CONTROLLERS AT THE BLACKK HOUSE IN BAIKONUR REPORTING EVERYTHING IS READY FOR LIFTOFF. AT THE TIME OF LAUNCH, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WILL BE FLYING 254 MILES OVER SOUTHERN RUSSIA, FLYING BETWEEN KAZAKHSTAN AND MONGOLIA SOME 646 MILES AHEAD OF THE SOYUZ AS IT CLIMBS OFF THE LAUNCHPAD. THE SOYUZ WILL BE LAUNCH INTO A NARROW CORRIDOR OF JUST 34.2°, BASICALLY THE MOMENT WHERE THE EARTH’S ROTATION CARRIES THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME INTO THE PLANE OF THE STATION’S ORBIT, VERY MUCH LIKE DRIVING A CAR ON TO ON-RAMP OF A FREEWAY TO EXPEDITE THE SIX-HOUR TREK TO CATCH UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION LATER TODAY. WE’RE NOW AT THE 7 1/2-MINUTE MARK BEFORE LAUNCH. THE SOYUZ’S FIRST AND SECOND STAGE ENGINES HAVE BEEN DECLARED READY FOR LAUNCH. TELEMETRY BEING RECEIVED FROM THE ROCKET INDICATING THAT ALL PRIMARY AND BACKUP SYSTEMS ARE SET TO SUPPORT LIFTOFF. AND A VIEW FROM THE OTHER CAMERA INSIDE THE SCENT MODULE, SKVORTSOV AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN, AT THE TOP OF YOUR SCREEN, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ASTRONAUT LUCA PARMITANO READY TO BEGIN HIS SECOND FLIGHT INTO SPACE. HERE IN SSION CONTROL IN HOUSTONIGHT DIRECTOR MARY LAWRENCE HAS PULLED ALL OF HER FLIGHT CONTROLLERS, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS READY TO ACCEPT THE ARRIVAL OF THE THREE CREW MEMBERS LATER TODAY. LAWRENCE JOINED BY SPACECRAFT COMMUNICATOR ANDREA MORGANSON. THE FEED YOU’RE WATCHING ON NASA TV IS BEING UPLINKED TO THE CREW AT THE T MINUS 6 1/2 MINUTE MARK TO LAUNCH.>>EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL. THE CONTROL IS ON BOARD AND THE LAUNCH REPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. WE’RE FEELING WELL.>>THAT REPORT THROUGH AN INTERPRETER ON THE WORDS OF ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV SAYING THE CREW FEELS WELL. THEY’RE READY FOR LAUNCH. BY THE WAY, A LAUNCH KEY HAS NOW BEEN INSERTED IN THE LAUNCH BUNKER. THIS IS A REAL KEY THAT TRANSITIONS THE LAUNCH SEENCE INTO ITS AUTOMATIC MODE. AND YOU’RE HEARING SOME OF THE MUSIC THAT IS PIPED IN FROM THE BLOCKHOUSE IN BAIKONUR TO RELAX THE CREW IN THE FINAL MINUTES BEFORE LIFTOFF. THIS IS ARADITIONAL AITY. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>LAUNCH INSERTED.>>COMING UP ON THE FIVE-MINUTE MARK BEFORE LAUNCH. THE BLOCKHOUSE IN BAIKONUR REPORTING THE RANGE IS CLEAR, THE SOYUZ ROCKET READY TO BEGIN ITS JOURNEY UPHILL. T MINUS FIVE MINUTES AND COUNTION BOARD SYSTEMS NOW ARE BEING SWITCHED TO ONBOARD CONTROL. THE COMMANDER’S COCKPIT DISPLAYS HAVE BEEN ACTIVATED AND THE CREW HAS CLOSED THEIR HELMETS, PUTTING THEM ON SUIT OXYGEN. T MINUS 4:. SPEAK, THE INTERNATL SPACE STATION NOW FLYING DIRECTLY OVER THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME.>>COMBUSTION CHAMBER.>>THE FUEL LINES AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE ROCKET ENGINES W BEING PURGED WITHNITROGEN TO FIREPROOF THEM BY REMOVING FUEL AND OXIDIZER VAPORS. INSIDE FOUR MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH, EVERYTHING PROCEEDING ON TRACK. THE NEXT MAJOR ACTIVITY WILL BE T DRAINBACK EXCESS PROPELLANT TO ENSURE THE SOYUZ BOOSTER IS AT THE PROPER WEIGHT BEFORE LIFTOFF.>>COPY.>>LESS THAN 3 1/2 MINUTES BEFORE LAUNCH.>>HYDROGEN TO THE VEHICLE IS TERMINATED. EVERYTHING IS WELL ON BOARD. COPY.>>T MINUS THREE MINUTES AND COUNTING. JUST SECONDS AWAY FROM THE BOOSTER’S FUEL TANKS BEING PRESSURIZED FOR FLIGHT. THIS WILL OPTIMIZE THE FLOW OF FUEL AND HELP TO ADD STRUCTURAL SUPPORT TO THE ROCKET AS ITS ON THE LAUNCHPAD.>>BOOSTER PROPELLANT, INITIATED.>>COMING UP ON THE T MINUS TWO-MINUTE MARK ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF HUMANITY’S FIRST FOOTSTEPS ON THE MOON. T MINUS TWO MINUTES AND COUNTING. COMING UP ON THE TERMINATION OF THE GROUND PROPELLANT FEED AT THE ONE-MINUTE MARK, THE VEHICLE WILL BE PLACED ON INTERNAL POWER. T MINUS 90 SECONDS. THE FIRST OF TWO GROUND LICALS WILL RETRACT FROM THE SIDE OF THE VEHICLE ABOUT THE T MINUS 35-SECOND MARK THAT WILL INITIATE AUTO SEQUENCE START. T MINUS 50 SECONDS.>>INTERNAL POWER.>>FIRST OF THE TWO UMBILICALS NOW RETRACTS.>>WE’RE READY FOR THE LAUNCH.>>T MINUS 30 SECONDS. THE SECOND UMBILICAL NOW RETRACTING INITIATING AUTOSEQUENCE START. WE HAVE MAIN ENGINE IGNITION, ENGINES AND TURBO PUMPS UP TO FLIGHT SPEED. FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE. AND LIFTOFF. 50 YEARS AFTER A SMALL STEP FOR MAN, THE SOYUZ ROCKET AND ITS MULTINATIONAL CREW TAKE A GIANT LEAP OFF THE LAUNCHPAD BOUND FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.>>ALL THE PARAMETERS ARE NOMINAL.>>GOOD FIRST STAGE PERFORMANCE, SOYUZ DELIVERING 930,000 POUNDS OF THRUST FROM ITS FOUR BOOSTERS AND SINGLE ENGINE. THE NIGHTTIME SKY IS CATING A HALO-LIKE EFFECT AS THE SOYUZ ARCS TO THE NORTHEAST AWAY FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN PURSUIT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.>>EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. 40 SECONDS, THE SPACECRAFT, THE VEHICLE ARE NOMINAL AND THEY’RE STABLE. COPY.>>GOOD REPORTS FROME BLOCKHOUSE IN BAIKONUR, PUNCHING A HOLE THROUGH THE CLOUDS OVERHEAD. GOOD ENGINE PERFORMANCE BEING REPORTED.>>60 SECONDS IN, NOMINAL.>>1:10 INTO THE FLIGHT. ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV REPORTS THE CREW IS FEELING WELL. NOW GOING THROUGH THE PERIOD OF. [ ♪♪♪ ] MAX DYNAMIC PRESSURE LEAVING A CONTRAIL. THE SOYUZ TRAVELING ALMOST 3,000 MILES AN HOUR, 15 MILES IN ALTITUDE, TEN MILES DOWN RANGE FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME. 1:45 SECONDS AFTER LAUNCH. ALL STRUCTURAL PARAMETERS REPORTED TO BE IN EXCELLENT SHAPE. A GOOD VIEW INSIDE MS-13. BOTTOM OF YOUR SCN, AT THE TOP OF YOUR SCREEN, LUCA PARMITANO AS WE STAND BY FOR FIRST-STAGE SEPARATION.>>JETTISON IS CONFIRMED. FIRST STAGE SEPARATION CONFIRMED.>>AFFIRMATIVE. THE VEHICLE IS STABLE. COPY.>>THE SOYUZ NOW TRAVELING 4500 MILES AN HOUR, 29 MILES IN ALTITUDE, 29 MILES DOWN RANGE FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME. 2 1/2 MINUTES INTO THE FLIGHT, ALL STRUCTURE PARAMETERS REPORTED TO BE IN EXCELLENT SHAPE. SECOND STAGE PERFORMANCE REPORTED NOMINAL. THE LAUNCH ROUTE HAS NOW BEEN JETTISONED AND WE’RE SEEING A VIEW ON THE CAMERA ON THE SECOND STAGE OF THE SOYUZ ROCKET. WE WILL NO LONGER SEE IN-CABIN VIEWS, THAT EXTERNAL CAMERA ACTIVATED BY ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV FROM A BUTTON ON HIS CONTROL PANEL BUT A GREAT VIEW OF LOOKING DOW SOYUZ BOOSTER. AGAIN, THIS VIEW FROM A SECOND STAGE CAMERA ON THE SOYUZ ROCKET. 3:15 INTO THE FLIGHT, EVERYTHING PROCEEDING NORMALLY.>>120 SECONDS, THE SECOND STAGE ENGINES ARE OPERATING NOMINALLY AND EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. WE’RE FEELING WELL. 220 SECONDS, THE FLIGHT IS NOMINAL. COPY. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD.>>FOUR MINUTES INTO THE FLIGHT, ALMOST HALFWAY THROUGH POWERED FLIGHT, AS THE SOYUZ MS-13 AND ITS TRIO OF CREW CONTINUES ITS FLIGHT UPHILL. AND THE BEGINNING OF A SIOUR JOURNEY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, A SPECTACULAR VIEW FROM A SECOND STAGE CAMERA ON THE SOYUZ BOOSTER. SOYUZ TRAVELING 8500 MILES ANR,8 MILES DOWN RANGE FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME.>>EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD.>>SECOND-STAGE SEPARATION IS CONFIRMED.>>YOU SEE THE OUTSKIRT FROM THE SECOND STAGE SEPARATING. SECOND STAGE SEPARATE IS COMPLETE, CONTINUING TO RECEIVE DOWNLINK VIDEO FROM THE SOYUZ BOOSTER AT THE 5:15 MARK INTO THE FLIGHT, 3 1/2 MINUTES OF POWERED FLIGHTIN, THE UZ BEING POWERED ON THE SINGULAR CAPABILITY OF ITS THIRD STAGE ENGINE, ALL PARAMETERS ARE REPORTED IN EXCELLENT SHAPE.>>EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. WE’RE FEELING WELL. 330 SECONDS IN, THE THIRD STAGE ENGINES ARE OPERATING NOMINALLY.>>THE SOYUZ NOW TRAVELING OVER 10,000 MILES AN HOUR, 111 MILES RANGE FROM THE BAIKONURWN COSMODROME.>>THE FLIGHT IS NOMINAL.>>AND BY THE WAY, AT THE TIME OF THIRD STAGE SHUTDOWN AND ORBITAL INSERTION, THE ISS WILL BE FLYING OVER THE FAR EASTERN COAST OF RUSSIA NEAR THE SEA OF S AHEAD OF THE SOYUZ AS IT BEGINS ITS CHASE TO CATCH UP TO THE STATION IN EARNEST. 2 1/2 MINUTES OF POWERED FLIG REMAINING.>>LAUNCH ICLE PARAMETERSE NOMINAL. COPY ALL, EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. THE CREW IS FEELING WELL. ALL THE PARAMETERS ARE NOMINAL.>>AS YOU CAN HEAR, ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV CONTINUING TO PROVIDE PROGRESS REPORTS TO THE LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER BAIKONUR. AT THE TIME OFIRD STAGE SHUTDOWN AND SPACECRAFT SEPARATION, CONTROL OF THE SOYUZ’S FLIGHT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WILL BE REVERTED BACK TO THE FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM AT THE RUSSIAN MISSION CONTROL CENTER ON THE SKIRTS OF MOSCOW. 7:15 INTO THE FLIGHT, SOYUZ TRAVELING 13,200 MILES AN HOUR, 124 MILES IN ALTITUDE, 715 MILES DOWNRANGE FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME.>>440 SECONDS IN THE VEHICLE IS STABLE. COPY. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL HERE.>>GOOD REPORTS CONTINUE TO BE RECEIVED BACK FROM THE BLOCKHOUSE IN BAIKONUR. GOOD STRUCTURE PARAMETERS, THE THIRD STAGE ENGINE CONTINUES TO BURN AS ADVERTISED AS WE APPROACH THE EIGHT-MINUTE MARK INTO THE FLIGHT.>>470 SECONDS IN, THIRD STAGE ENGINES ARE OPERATING NOMINALLY. COPY ALL. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD. WE’RE FEELING WELL. 490 SECONDS, THE VEHICLE IS STABLE. COPY ALL. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL HERE. WE’RE FEELING WELL.>>8 1/2 MINUTES INTO THE FLIGHT, ABOUT 15 SECONDS AWAY FROM THIRD STAGE SHUTDOWN AND SPACECRAFT SEPARATION.>>PITCH ROLL NOMINAL. COPY. EVERYTHING IS NOMINAL ON BOARD.>>AND WE HAVE THIRD STAGE SHUTDOWN AND SEPARATION.>>CONFIRMED. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NOMINAL ORBITAL INSERTION. MISSION CONTROL MOSCOW IS HERE CONGRATULATIONS. COPY ALL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>YOU CAN SEE THE SOYUZ SOLAR RAYS BEGINNING TO UNFURL AS PLANNED.>>COPY, LOUD AND CLEAR. HOW US, LOUD AND CLEAR AS WELL. PERFECT SOLAR RAY DEPLOY, ALLFA NAVIGATIONAL ANTENNAS HAVE ALSO BEEN DEPLOYED, A TEXTBOOK LAUNCH FOR SOYUZ MS-13, THREE NEW SPACE EXPLORERS EN ROUTE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, 50 YEARS TO THE DAY THAT NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN NDED ON THE MOON.>>OKAY. WE’RE ON PAGE 35. PLEASE PERFORM ALL THOSE STEPS. WE ARE STANDING BY FOR THE READINGS FROM THE FLIGHT ENGINEER FOR PAGE 36. MOSCOW, THIS IS TWO. ARE YOU READY TO COPY THE FIRST READING? YES, WE ARE. 798. PRESSURE IS 8. 813. PRESSURE IS 844. COPY ALL. AND WE WILL NEED TO GO THROUGH. ACTUAL IT’S COMLETE ALREADY. COPY. ACTIVATING PRESSURIZATION, COPY. DO YOU WANT ME TO GIVE YOU FORM 3? YES, WE’RE READY. 17. 17.1. 18, 17, 19, 2, 6, 6. 20. 0. 21. 1.7. 22. 327, 23, 329, 24. 17.3. 25. 17.7, 26. 266, THE PROP IS 8. 7 IS 878. COPY ALL.>>COURSE ONE TEST IS UNDERWAY, COPY. DID YOU SEND THE COMMAND FROM INPUT 2? YES, I DID SEND IT.>>THIS IS MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON. YOU’RE LOOKING AT A VIEW FROM THE BALCONY CAMERA OVERLOOKING THE CAVERNOUS FLIGHT CONTROL ROOM AT THE RUSSIAN MISSION CONTROL CENTER IN CORALOFF OUTSIDE MOSOW. DREW MORGAN, ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV, LUCA PARMITANO WELL ON THEIR WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AFTER A FLAWLESS LAUNCH FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN KAZAKHSTAN. LIFTOFFING OCCURRINGON TIME, 1:, 9:28:20P. AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER SUNSET. SOYUZ MS-13 LIFTED OFF PERFECTLY, ARCED OUT TO THE NORTHEAST AND BEGAN ITS TREK, 45 JOURNEY TO ITS PRELIMINARY ORBIT. SOYUZ IS NOW WELL ON ITS WAY TO REACHING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION LATER TODAY. ALL OF ITS SYSTEMS IN GREAT SHAPE AND ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV, THE SOYUZ COMMANDER REPORTING THAT HIS CREWMATES REW MORGAN ANF ARE ALL IN EXCELLENT SHAPE. WITH THAT, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AHEAD AT WHAT LIES ON THE HORIZON FOR NASA TV PROGRAMMING COMING UP SOYUZ-RELATED. AT 3 P.M. CENTRAL TIME, 4 P.M. EASTERN TIME WE’LL HAVE A VIDEO POST-LAUNVIDEO FILE THAT WILL INCLUDE ALL OF TODAY’S LAUNCH ACTIVITIES AND POST-LAUNCH INTERVIEWS THAT ARE BEING CONDUCTED AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME. OUR DOCKING COVERAGE RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING OF THE SOYUZ TO THE F FORT OF THE VESDA SERVICE MODWILL BEGIN AT 5 P.M. CENTRAL TIME, 6 P.M. EASTERN TIME. THAT WILL LEAD TO A DOCK AT 5:51, ACTUALLY 5:51 P.M., CENTRAL TIME. 6:51 P.M. EASTERN TIME. THERE WILL BE THEN OUR HATCH OPENING COVERAGE AND THE WELCOME ONY THAT WILLNSUE WITH CONGRATULATORY CALLS FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN BAIKONUR. OUR HATCH OPENING COVERAGE TO BEGIN AT 7 P.M. CENTRAL TIME TONIGHT, HATCH OPENING PLANNED AT 7:50 P.M.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY CREW MEMBERS ARE SAYING THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. WE HOPE EVERYTHING WILL GO SMOOTHLY. WE’RE SURE OF THAT. GOOD LUCK. GOD SPEED. THANK YOU.>>YOU JUST HEARD CONGRATULATORY WORDS RADIOED UP TO ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV AND HIS CREWMATES ABOARD THE SOYUZ FROM THE CHIEF FL DIRECTOR AT THE RUSSIAN MISSION CONTROL CENTER OFFAL VLADIMIR. THE CREW IS IN GREAT SHAPE. THE SOYUZ ON ITS WAY WITH A SERIES OF PREPROGRAMMED BURNS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS ON A FAST-TRACK FOORBIT RENDEZVOUS TO REACH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. WITH THAT, WE’LL WRAP UP OUR LAUNCH COVERAGE, A PERFECT LAUNCH ON THIS 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LANDING OF HUMANS ON THE MOON AS SOYUZ MS-13, DREW MORGAN, LUCA PARMITANO, AND ALEKSANDR SKVORTSOV IN THEIR PRELIMINARY ORBIT EN ROUTE TO A DOCKING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION LATER TODAY. WE’LL BE BACK ON THE AIR WITH YOU AT 5 P.M. CENTRAL TIME, 6 P.M. EASTERN TIME WITH OUR RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING COVERAGE. IN THE MEANTIME, FROM ALL OF US HERE AT NASA ON THIS HISTORIC DAY IN HUMAN SPACE LIGHT HISTORY, WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST ON THIS SATURDAY. THIS IS MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON.

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