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Soyuz capsule heads home



Running Time: 2 min 0 sec
File Size: 73 MB

A crewmember inside the International Space Station shot these camcorder scenes looking out the window of the departing Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft.

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Preparing for departure



Running Time: 8 min 53 sec
File Size: 327 MB

In the International Space Station's Poisk docking compartment, the departing Expedition 28 crew of commander Andrey Borisenko, fellow cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev and NASA astronaut Ron Garan board their Soyuz TMA-21 capsule and close the hatch.

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Farewell ceremony before undocking



Running Time: 4 min 2 sec
File Size: 150 MB

New Expedition 29 commander Mike Fossum bids farewell to departing Expedition 28 crewmates Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev during a brief ceremony held in the Destiny laboratory.

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Expedition 28: Change of command



Running Time: 3 min 10 sec
File Size: 116 MB

A change of command ceremony is held aboard the International Space Station as Expedition 28 commander Andrey Borisenko of Russia hands control of the outpost to the new Expedition 29 commander Mike Fossum of NASA.

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Guided tour of the space station



Running Time: 26 min 35 sec
File Size: 1 GB

International Space Station resident Paolo Nespoli filmed this informative tour around the complex specifically for the Endeavour astronauts to help with the shuttle crew's upcoming visit.

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Launch replays



Running Time: 2 min 55 sec
File Size: 109 MB

Check out two different angles of the Russian Soyuz rocket's launch from the historic pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the Expedition 27 crew to the International Space Station.

   CAMERA 1 | CAMERA 2

Expedition 27: Launch!



Running Time: 13 min 21 sec
File Size: 511 MB

The Soyuz rocket carrying Expedition 27 crew members Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station.

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Crew goes to launch pad



Running Time: 3 min 15 sec
File Size: 125 MB

The three-person crew departs Baikonur's Site 254 for the bus ride to the rocket launch pad at the cosmodrome to board their Soyuz TMA-21 capsule for blastoff to the International Space Station.

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Pre-launch VIP meeting



Running Time: 6 min 10 sec
File Size: 234 MB

Following the suitup procedure, Expedition 27 crew members Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev see their families and appear before Russian and NASA space program officials.

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Suiting up for launch



Running Time: 6 min 4 sec
File Size: 426 MB

Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev undergo checks in their Sokol spacesuits during the final hours of the countdown to launch aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket.

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At crew quarters



Running Time: 11 min 12 sec
File Size: 230 MB

International Space Station Expedition 27 crew members Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev sign the doors and then depart their crew quarters on launch morning.

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Going vertical on the pad



Running Time: 10 min 3 sec
File Size: 380 MB

The Soyuz rocket is erected onto its Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad and the two gantry swing arms move into position to enclose the vehicle for pre-flight preparations.

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Experienced station residents



Running Time: 4 min 38 sec
File Size: 177 MB

Previous residents of the International Space Station -- NASA astronauts Nicole Stott and Mike Lopez-Alegria -- are interviewed at the Soyuz rocket launch pad after rollout.

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Rocket rolled to pad



Running Time: 17 min 5 sec
File Size: 650 MB

The Expedition 27 crew's Soyuz rocket is transported horizontally by railcar from its assembly building to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome for blastoff.

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Capsule inspections



Running Time: 11 min 54 sec
File Size: 457 MB

Inside the final assembly building, the escape tower is installed atop the Soyuz capsule and technicians then mate the upper stage with the rocket's main core.

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Capsule inspections



Running Time: 3 min 29 sec
File Size: 126 MB

First in their casual attire and then fully dressed in their Sokol spacesuits, the Expedition 27 crew climbs aboard the Soyuz capsule for final checks.

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Tourist time



Running Time: 8 min 4 sec
File Size: 292 MB

The Expedition 27 crew and its backups tour the museum grounds around the Baikonur Cosmodrome and visit their Soyuz booster in the days leading up to launch.

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Final pre-flight training



Running Time: 7 min 12 sec
File Size: 262 MB

NASA astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev complete final training and other activities at the launch site.

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Ron Garan interview



Running Time: 11 min 30 sec
File Size: 438 MB

This is a pre-flight interview with Expedition 27 flight engineer Ron Garan. The NASA astronaut is headed for a half-year stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Andrey Borisenko interview



Running Time: 5 min 8 sec
File Size: 195 MB

This is a pre-flight interview with Expedition 27 flight engineer Andrey Borisenko. The Russian cosmonaut is headed for a half-year stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Alexander Samokutyaev interview



Running Time: 7 min 8 sec
File Size: 272 MB

This is a pre-flight interview with Expedition 27 flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaev. The Russian cosmonaut is headed for a half-year stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Earlier Hi-Def Coverage

Moon-bound GRAIL launch
Jupiter-bound JUNO launch
Shuttle mission STS-135
Expedition 28 to space station
Shuttle mission STS-134
Expedition 27 to space station
Shuttle mission STS-133
Maiden launch of SpaceX Falcon 9
Shuttle mission STS-132
Shuttle mission STS-131
Shuttle mission STS-130
Solar Dynamics Observatory
Delta 4 with GOES P
Shuttle mission STS-129
Ares 1-X flight test
Delta 2 with STSS Demo
Atlas 5 launches PAN
Delta 2 launches GPS 2R-21
Shuttle mission STS-128
Shuttle mission STS-127
Delta 4 with GOES O
LRO and LCROSS lunar launch
Shuttle mission STS-125
Shuttle mission STS-119
Shuttle mission STS-126
Shuttle mission STS-124
GLAST gamma ray observatory launch

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