Russia’s Soyuz TMA-21/26S spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome April 5 at 4:18 a.m. local, initiating a two-day transit to the International Space Station with Expedition 27 crewmembers Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and Ron Garan of NASA. The three-stage rocket lofted the Soyuz crew into an initial orbit during the smooth nine minute ascent. “Everything is fine on board,” the Soyuz crew informed Mission Control Moscow. “Nominal flight.” Deployment of solar arrays ...

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