Russia has successfully launched a manned Soyuz craft into space after all flights were previously suspended following the loss of the Progress cargo vessel in August.
Expedition 29 crew members Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Dan Burbank were launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 04:14 UTC/GMT on 14th November, and after a two-day journey aboard the Soyuz capsule they will dock with the ISS.
This is due to occur at 00:37 ET (05:37 UTC/GMT) with hatch opening approximately 2 hours later. These events will be covered on NASA TV.
There will be a short overlap with the current crew – station commander Mike Fossum of NASA, Japan’s Satoshi Furukawa and Russia’s Sergei Volkov – who will then return to earth on 21st November, signalling the beginning of Expedition 30 which will see Burbank take over as station commander.
There had been fears that any problems or delays with this launch could have left the ISS unmanned for the first time in over a decade.