State Commission to name Soyuz crew
BAIKONUR, July 13 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s State Commission will make on Friday a final decision on the international crew of the expedition, which starts for the International Space Station /ISS/ on July 15.
"If nothing unforeseen happens, by Soyuz TMA-05M to the ISS on Sunday will go Russia’s Yuri Malenchenko, the US’ Sunita Williams and Japan’s Akihiko Hoside" – a member of the commission told Itar-Tass.
The orbital mission of ISS-32/33 will last for over four months.
In June, a ministerial committee gave an A grade for the qualifying examination of the main crew. Reserves - Roman Romanenko, Chris Hadfield, and Thomas Mashburn - also demonstrated excellent skills on the model of the Russian segment of the ISS and of the Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft.
After the termination of shuttle flights, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only means of delivering crews to the ISS, Roskosmos stressed.
Soyuz TMA-05M is scheduled to start at 06:40 Moscow time on July 15.