Press Release


Launch Date and Time of the Soyuz Spacecraft (27S/TMA-02M)
with Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa aboard

May 19, 2011 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Russian Federal Space Agency (FSA) has set the launch date and time of the Soyuz spacecraft (27S/TMA-02M,) which Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa will be aboard, as follows as a result of a General Designers' Review held in Moscow on May 18.

Astronaut Furukawa is scheduled to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for about five and half months as a crewmember for the 28th and 29th expedition crews. He will return to the Earth by the Soyuz (27S/TMA-02M) in November.

1. Launch time and date: At 5:15 a.m. on June 8 (Japan Standard Time)
At 2:15 a.m. on June 8 (Baikonur Time)
At 0:15 a.m. on June 8 (Moscow Time)

2. Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome (Republic of Kazakhstan.)

3. Crewmembers: Expedition 28/29 Crew
Sergey Volkov (FSA)
Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA)
Michael Fossum (NASA)

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