Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Soyuz TMA-22 successfully docks with ISS

12:24 am EST Update:
Soyuz TMA-22 successfully docks with ISS.  Docking occurred about 9 minutes early.


12:00 midnight EST Update:
NASA TV has now gone live.


11:33 pm EST Update:
#Soyuz and #ISS have closed to about 10 mile apart now. Passing over Baikonur now.  The TV system is scheduled to be turned on at 11:51 pm EST.  NASA TV coverage starts at 12:00 midnight EST.


11:10 pm EST Update:
Soyuz and ISS are about 60 miles apart now.  Soyuz in a lower orbit is traveling faster than ISS and should close to within 10 miles of ISS in the next 30 minutes.

At 11:18 pm EST rendezvous burn 5 is expected to take place.


10:50 pm EST Update:
Soyuz TMA-22 and ISS are approaching the southern tip of South America.  Soyuz is behind and about 50 miles lower than ISS. You can watch in real time here.

The KURS docking system will be activated in the next few minutes.


10:30 pm EST Update:
Soyuz TMA-22 has now passed out of range of Russian ground stations.  Rendezvous burn 4 (33.4 mph) is scheduled for 10:33 pm EST.

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Soyuz TMA-22 has completed its rendezvous burns as expected and is on course to link up with ISS at 12:33 am EST tonight.

Both craft have just moved into daylight and have been acquired by Russian ground stations. The initiation of automated rendezvous will take place at 10:15 pm EST (0315 GMT).