Preparing for takeoff


A rocket rolls to the launchpad.


The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
NASA / Joel Kowsky

A Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad on Monday 4 June 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

At 9:12 p.m. east coast Australian time (5:12 p.m. Baikonur time) on Wednesday 6 June, the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft is scheduled for liftoff.

It will carry Soyuz Commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on a journey to the International Space Station.

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