Soyuz TMA-11 launches carrying Expedition 16
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian physician Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are on their way to the International Space Station (ISS) via their Soyuz TMA-11 launch vehicle Wednesday morning.
The launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome was successful at 9:22am Eastern time. NASASpaceflight.com is covering the launch as a live event (click read more for links).
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NASA astronaut Clay Anderson will have an overlapped stay on the ISS, until his replacement Dan Tani arrives on shuttle Discovery during this month’s STS-120.
‘Right from the beginning of this programme I have always wanted to contribute to the country and I believe this mission will help me accomplish them. I thank all Malaysians from every generation, every race and every religion, to all the 27 million (probably more by now) Malaysian souls, I vow to make Malaysia proud.