Expedition 24 Set for June 15 Launch to Station

Expedition 24 Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson talked to the ESPN2 network Thursday on the eve of the World Cup opening matches in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also talked with students at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y. Caldwell Dyson talked about her perspective of Earth from space and discussed living and working on the International Space Station.

Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko continued their science and maintenance activities in the Russian segment of the orbital laboratory. They checked and replaced filters and downloaded space radiation readings from a dosimeter.

Back on Earth, two astronauts and a cosmonaut are preparing to join Expedition 24. Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin are in Kazakhstan readying for their launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft on Tuesday at 5:35 p.m. EDT.

The new station crew members will arrive and dock to the aft end of the Zvezda service module on Thursday at 6:25 p.m. Ten days later Wheelock, Walker and Yurchikhin will relocate the Soyuz TMA-19 vehicle from Zvezda to the Rassvet Mini-Research Module. The Rassvet is the station’s newest module, and this will be the first time a spacecraft will dock there.

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