On December 15, Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft with three cosmonauts on board blasted off from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan towards the ISS. The launch took place at 14:13 Moscow time. The spacecraft is expected to dock with the Rassvet module of the Russia’s segment of the ISS at 20:23 Moscow time. The Soyuz TMA-19M crew are Russia’s Yuri Malenchenko, the United States’ Timothy Kopra and the European Space Agency’s Timothy Peake. This is Malenchenko’s sixth mission in space. Kopra has been in space once. Peake is in orbit for the first time. The crew are scheduled to return on June 5, 2016. Malenchenko is to spend in space 174 days. This will take to 815 days the overall duration of his space missions. He will become the world’s number two by this parameter. The current record holder is Russia’s Gennady Padalka with five flights in space, which have lasted 878 days.