Mike Barratt, who I count as both a friend and a collaborator, is launching this Thursday in the Soyuz to begin his 6-month stay aboard the International Space Station. In the words of another Beagle Project collaborator: "God Speed and may Science fortify his voyage!"Commander Gennady Padalka, left, and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt will launch in a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan, along with spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi. They'll join crewmate Koichi Wakata.
Photo: NASA (as if there was any doubt).
Expedition 19 pre-launch, launch and docking coverage highlights on NASA TV:
All times EDT*
March 23, Monday
10 a.m. - Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant Crew Activities from Baikonur, Kazakhstan
March 24, Tuesday
11 a.m. - Soyuz TMA-14 Rollout to Launch Pad and Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant Crew Activities from Baikonur, Kazakhstan
March 25, Wednesday
10 a.m. - Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant Pre-Launch News Conference and Russian State Commission from Baikonur, Kazakhstan
March 26, Thursday
6 a.m. - Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant Pre-Launch Activities Video Feed from Baikonur, Kazakhstan - Baikonur, Kazakhstan and JSC
7 a.m. - Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant Launch Coverage (launch scheduled at 7:49 a.m. ET; launch replays follow conclusion of launch coverage) - Baikonur, Kazakhstan and JSC
10 a.m. - Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant Launch Day Activities, Launch and Post-Launch Interviews
March 28, Saturday
8:45 a.m. - Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant Docking to ISS Coverage (docking scheduled at 9:15 a.m. ET; post-docking news conference follows)
11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Expedition 19/Spaceflight Participant/Expedition 18 Soyuz TMA-14 Hatch Opening and Welcoming Ceremony (Soyuz TMA-14 hatch opening scheduled at 12:10 p.m. ET)
April 1, Wednesday
10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. - Expedition 19/18/Spaceflight Participant Joint Crew News Conference
12 p.m. – Interpreted Replay of Expedition 19/18/Spaceflight Participant Crew News Conference
April 2, Thursday
1 p.m. - Expedition 19/18 Change of Command Ceremony
Full NASA TV coverage schedule here. In case you miss the live coverage, a good source for recorded coverage seems to be here.
*EDT = Eastern Daylight Time = GMT minus 4 hours through Saturday the 28th, GMT minus 5 hours on and after Sunday the 29th