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article imageSoyuz spacecraft prepares for Wednesday launch to Space Station

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By Nancy Houser
Dec 20, 2011 in Science
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The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft and its booster were rolled out to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan on Dec. 19, 2011. Preparations for this Wednesday's launching to the International Space Station is set for 7:16 p.m., Kazakhstan time.
Wrapping up the Expedition 30 crew members will be the three new Expedition 30 Flight Engineers: Oleg Kononenko, Don Petit and Andre Kuipers. They are scheduled to stay five-and-a-half months on the station. NASA TV coverage will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the launch at 8:16 a.m. EST in the United States.
Current live coverage is showing ongoing preparation, with the temperature 15 degrees below zero, so dress warm for the viewing. Docking at the International Space Station (ISS) is set for Friday morning.
Expedition 30 snapshot
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Expedition 30 snapshot
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Current live coverage is showing ongoing preparation, with the temperature 15 degrees below zero, so dress warm for the viewing. Docking at the International Space Station (ISS) is set for Friday morning.
Expedition 30 had formally began on Nov. 21, 2011, with the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft from the International Space Station and returned safely with astronauts from Expedition 29; Satoshi Furukawa, Mike Fossum and Sergei Volkov.
The Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan  the upper stage of the Soyuz boos...
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The Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket containing the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft
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According to the press kit from Expedition 30, a new era of "Research and Resupply" with commercial resupply services will be arriving from the United States along with a new focus on cutting-edge science and research. "They will be continuing work that examines how the human body and different materials react to being in the weightless environment of space."
Science research studies are made possible because the orbiting laboratory assembly is completed. Continuing questions will be answered with advanced studies.
* In what way do bones and muscles of the body adapt in space?
* Are some materials more suitable than others for space travel and its rough environment?
* In what way can those materials be built?
* Is it possible for Earth to learn about manufacturing processes through space travel?
A spacewalk by Expedition 30, the Russian segment, is scheduled for early 2012, to install debris shields on the Zvezda service module and a materials exposure experiment on the Poisk module. Shkaplerov and Kononenko will be doing the honors, with Shkaplerov collecting outside samples to determine what types of bacteria are living in space and the type of corrosion that is developing.
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