Press Release

Launch of the Soyuz Spacecraft (27S/TMA-02M)
with Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa aboard for ISS Expedition Mission

June 8, 2011 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Russian Federal Space Agency (FSA) has launched the Soyuz spacecraft (27S/TMA-02M), which Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa is aboard.

Launch time and date: At 05:12 a.m. on June 8, 2011 (Japan Standard Time)
At 02:12 a.m. on June 8, 2011 (Baikonur Time)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome (Republic of Kazakhstan.)
Docking Schedule with the International Space Station (ISS):
  At 06:22 a.m. on June 10, 2011 (Japan Standard Time)
At 01:22 a.m. on June 10, 2011 (Moscow Standard Time)
Crewmembers: Sergey Volkov (FSA)
Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA)
Michael Fossum (NASA)

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Comment from the President of JAXA

The Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft was launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It was placed into the appointed orbit and I feel great pleasure for this success.

Astronaut Furukawa will stay aboard the ISS for about five months and a half as Expedition 28/29.
I feel confident that he will be able to accomplish this duty based on his hard training and his previous experience.

I sincerely appreciate the support and cooperation from NASA, FSA and the other international partners who have been working on the missions for Astronaut Furukawa. I wish our mutual collaboration to continue in the future.

I wish the safe return of all the crew.

June 8, 2011
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
President Keiji Tachikawa