Start "Soyuz TMA-20M" spacecraft
• Start the spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-20M"
March 19 from Baikonur launched the spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-20M". On board there is a logo - a stylized image of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in the headset. On board the "Union" also flaunts his famous phrase: "Let's go!" And the numbers "1961-2016" in honor of the 55th anniversary of the flight. The planned duration of the new expedition will be 173 days.
Beautiful photos from the start.
The launch vehicle with the transport ship "Soyuz TMA-20M".
She was taken out of the assembly and test facility in the direction of the launch pad. Kazakhstan, Baikonur, 16 March 2016.
Rocket driven to their destination on a special train for about 2 hours. The speed of movement of the composition - 5 km / h. During transportation of the launch vehicle to the launch pad to take special security measures - are in the air police helicopters, on the sides of the railway track - armored vehicles with armed soldiers, they also accompany the train to the "Union".
Baikonur Cosmodrome, March 16, 2016.
The next step - the rise of the rocket in a vertical position at the launch pad at Baikonur.
Technological farm (tower) provide rigid fixation missiles in an upright position before the start, and at the time of launch are disconnected (rejected) from the rocket. March 16, 2016.
Here is the "closing" of towers on long exposure.
Press Conference on the logo background with a portrait of Yuri Gararina. We went into orbit the Russians Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams.
has already become a tradition before the start of the rocket sanctification. And the press ... Baikonur, March 16, 2016.
Another tradition before the start - to sign on the door of his room at the hotel "Cosmonaut" where usually live crew members before the start. Baikonur, March 18, 2016.
On the spaceship "Soyuz TMA-20M" there is an inscription dedicated to the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space. It is a round logo, about a meter in diameter, with a portrait of the first cosmonaut of the Earth.
Also, on board the "Union" flaunts its famous phrase "Let's go!" And the numbers "1961-2016". 55 years have passed ...
At the time of a new expedition to the station is planned for more than 50 scientific experiments. "Soyuz TMA-20M" - the last ship of this type, the next flight will have to go on a spaceship of the new series.