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- Title Replay of the Kuipers Launch
- Released 21/12/2011
- Length 01:43:29
- Language English
- Footage Type Exterior shot
- Copyright ESA
Join Christian Hollingham for a complete replay of the successful launch of ESA astronaut, Andre Kuipers, on 21 December 2011. Kuipers was launched into orbit along with NASA astronaut Don Pettit and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko atop a Soyuz launcher, which lifted off at 2.16pm CET. As part of the PromISSe mission, Kuipers will be flight engineer for the duration. During the launch there are several views of the crew inside the TMA-03M spacecraft, along with extensive coverage of ground control in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
In the days between launch and docking their spacecraft will circle the globe 35 times, performing three major engine burns as its orbit is adjusted for docking with the International Space Station. Kuipers and his fellow crew members will dock with the ISS on 23 December 2011, and will be met by three crew members already in orbit. Andre, Don and Oleg will be aboard ISS for almost six months as part of expeditions 30 and 31.
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- Activity Human Spaceflight
- Mission MagISStra , Mars 500 , PromISSe , Soyuz
- People Alexandr Egorovich Smoleevskiy , Alexey Sergevich Sitev , André Kuipers , Bill Gerstenmaier , Diego Urbina , Dmitri Kondratjew , Donald Pettit , Jean-Jacques Dordain , Michail Kornijenko , Mike Suffredini , Noguchi Soichi , Oleg Dmitrijewitsch Kononenko , Paolo Nespoli , Romain Charles , Sukhrob Rustamovich Kamolov , Thomas Reiter , Yue Wang
- System ISS , Soyuz TMA , Space Shuttle , Space Shuttle Atlantis
- Location Baikonour , Germany , GSOC (German space operations centre, DLR) , Moscow , Star City , TsUP
- Action Commemorate , Communicating , Docking , Drinking , Driving , Eating , Exercising , Experimenting , Explaining , Hatch closing , Hatch opening , Interviewing , Launching , Laying flowers , Monitoring , Playing , Preparing , Presenting , Shaking hands , Signing , Simulating , Taking leave , Testing , Training , Walking , Working
- Keywords Arrival of crew , Assembly building , Astronauts , Astronauts on board , Back-up crew , Booster , Capsule , Control room , Earth views (taken by satellites ) , ESA Live Archive , Family , Flags , Flight crew , Interview , ISS Russian contribution , JAXA , Laboratory , Launch , Launch and early orbit phase , Launch pad , Life on board , Modules , Moon , NASA , People , Press event , Rover , Simulation , Simulator , Spacesuit , Test Centre , Test engineers , Training module , Transport