BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN, March 19, 2016 — The Soyuz TMA-20M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station at 5:26 p.m. EDT Friday (3:26 a.m. on March 19 in Baikonur). Jeff Williams of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin are safely in orbit. NASA Television coverage of the launch continues: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
The Soyuz TMA-20M vehicle docked to the International Space Station’s Poisk module at 11:09 p.m. EDT approximately 250 miles above the Southern Pacific Ocean off the western coast of Peru.
Aboard the space station, 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA and Flight Engineers Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos, will welcome Soyuz crew members Jeff Williams of NASA and cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, when the hatches between the two spacecraft are open.
To learn more about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station. For launch coverage and more information about the mission, visit:https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/. To join the online conversation about the International Space Station, follow @Space_Station.