Tuesday, 28 May 2013 – 21:30 CEST: Luca Parmitano’s launch
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and his crewmates NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and Soyuz commander Fyodor Yurchikhin are scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on 28 May at 22:31 CEST (20:31 GMT). They will be part of the Expedition 36/37 crew and will spend five months on the Space Station. Luca’s mission, called Volare is Europe’s fifth long-duration flight to the orbital outpost, and the first for ESA astronaut’s new generation of astronauts selected in 2009. Luca’s Volare mission is provided through an agreement with Italy’s ASI space agency. Live transmission of the launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan will start at 19:30 GMT (21:30 CEST) with lift-off at 20:31 GMT (22:31 CEST). ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will provide running commentary. Luca’s will be taking the fast route to the International Space Station, his voyage will take only six hours after liftoff. Live coverage of the docking will start at 02:00 GMT on 29 May showing images from cameras on the spacecraft and the International Space Station as well as from mission control in Russia. Tune in at 03:35 GMT to watch the hatch open and the crew on the International Space Station, cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy welcome the new arrivals.