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.