Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
Russian frigate Admiral Essen returns to Crimea after mission in MediterraneanMilitary & Defense September 22, 16:24
BAIKONUR, May 27 (Itar-Tass) - The State Commission is to pass a final verdict here on Monday on the composition of an international crew of next long-duration expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), who will set out on a journey to orbit on May 29.
"If nothing unforeseen happens, a Soyuz TMA-09M spaceship will carry Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, and American astronaut Karen Nyberg on Wednesday," a Commission member has told Itar-Tass.
Earlier, the inter-agency commission judged the results of the qualification examination of the prime crew as excellent. Backup pilots -- Mikhail Tyurin, Richard Mastracchio, and Koichi Wakata also demonstrated fine skills of operating the mockups of the Russian segment of the ISS and the TMA-M spaceship.
Following the termination of the flights of US space shuttles in 2011, the Russian spaceship Soyuz remains the only means to deliver crews to the ISS, a Federal Space Agency official recalled.
The launch of the Soyuz TMA-09M is scheduled for 00:32, Moscow time, on May 29. The orbital mission of the ISS-36/37 crew will last more than four months.