Press Release

NASA Television to Air Next Space Station Crew Rotation

By SpaceRef Editor
October 20, 2011
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HOUSTON — NASA Television will broadcast the launch of three new International Space Station residents and the return of three crew members in November.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin are scheduled to launch aboard their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 10:14 p.m. CST on Nov. 13 (10:14 a.m. local time on Nov. 14).

The new crew will receive a six-day handover from Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum of NASA and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov. Expedition 30 begins when the current crew undocks.

Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov launched in June and are scheduled to return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft at 8:25 p.m. on Nov. 21 (8:25 a.m. local time on Nov. 22).

NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers are scheduled to launch to the station in late December, when they will join Expedition 30 as flight engineers.

NASA TV’s scheduled coverage includes (all times Central):

Monday, Oct. 24

2 p.m. — Video file of Soyuz TMA-22 crew news conference in Star City, Russia, and visit to Red Square in Moscow

Monday, Oct. 31

11 a.m.– Video file from Star City of crew departure for Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Thursday, Nov. 10

11 a.m.– Video file of crew activities in Baikonur

Friday, Nov. 11

11 a.m.– Video file of rocket rollout to the launch pad in Baikonur

Saturday, Nov. 12

2 p.m.– Video file of final prelaunch crew news conference and Russian State Commission meeting in Baikonur

Sunday, Nov. 13

8:45 p.m.– Video file feed of the crew prelaunch activities in Baikonur
9:30 p.m.– Launch coverage (launch scheduled for 10:14 p.m.), including launch replays

Monday, Nov. 14

1 a.m. — Video file of prelaunch, launch and postlaunch interviews

Tuesday, Nov. 15

11 p.m. — Docking coverage (docking scheduled for 11:37 p.m.), followed by the post-docking news conference from Mission Control in Korolev, Russia
2:30 a.m. — Hatch opening and welcoming ceremony (hatch opening scheduled for 2:45 a.m.)
4:30 a.m. — Video file of docking, hatch opening and welcoming ceremony

Monday, Nov. 21

8 a.m. — Replay of change of command ceremony (occurs on Nov. 20)
1:15 p.m. — Coverage of Soyuz TMA-02M farewells and hatch closure (hatch closure scheduled for 1:45 p.m.)
4:30 p.m. — Undocking coverage (undocking scheduled for 4:58 p.m.)
7 p.m. — Deorbit burn (deorbit burn scheduled for 7:31 p.m.) and landing (landing scheduled for 8:25 p.m.) coverage
11 p.m. — Video file of landing and post-landing activities

Tuesday, Nov. 22

11 a.m. — Video file of landing and post-landing activities including interviews and return to Chkalovsky Airfield near Star City

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

For more information about the International Space Station and its crew, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.