BAIKONUR, November 14 (Itar-Tass) —— A manned Soyuz spacecraft, the launch of which was delayed for almost two months after the Progress cargo craft crash in August, wil start out from Baikonur for the International Space Station this Monday.
The Soyuz will carry the next Russian-American expedition crew to the station.
The launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket with Soyuz TMA-22 from the first, Gagarin, pad is planned for 08:14 Moscow time, a spaceport source told Itar-Tass.
The spacecraft will be piloted by Russian Air Force Colonel Anton Shkaplerov, for whom the space flight is the first in his space career. Shkaplerov and his colleagues-- Russian Anatoly Ivanishin and NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank will join the ISS crew -- Russian Sergei Volkov, Japanese Space Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and NASA astronaut Michael Fossum, who have been working in orbit since early June.