04 April 2011

expedition 27 lifts off

Expedition 27 Lifts Off From Kazakhstan, Due at Space Station Wednesday

Expedition 27 crewmates Ron Garan, Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko lifted off from Kazakhstan Monday in a Soyuz spacecraft dubbed "Gagarin," honoring the first human spaceflight nearly fifty years ago.

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NASA astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev launched in their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:18 p.m. EDT Monday (4:18 a.m. Tuesday, Kazakhstan time) beginning a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

Their Soyuz, named for Yuri Gagarin, lifted off just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's historic journey into space from that same launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
launch was at
1718 cdt
2218 gmt/utc/zulu monday 04 april
0418 kazakhstan time tuesday 05 april 2011