MOSCOW, July 2 (Itar-Tass) — The primary and backup crews of next long-duration expedition to the International Space Stattion (ISS) leave by air for Baikonur on Monday to fit spacesuits Sokol (falcon) and get the feel of the Soyuz TMA-05M aboard which they will set out on a journey to the ISS in two weeks' time
Irina Rogova, press secretary of the Cosmonauts Training Center, told Itar-Tass, "The crews' departure is scheduled for 10:30 Moscow time. Prior to departure, the cosmonauts are to talk to journalists and hold the traditional photo and video sessions at the Star City".
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, and Akihiko Hoshide, astronaut of the Japanese space agency JAXA, constitute the main crew. The backup crew comprises backup pilots Roman Romanenko, Thomas Marshburn, and Chris Hadfield. The launch of the spaceship is scheduled for July 15, and docking with the ISS is slated for July 17.