Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and cosmonaut Oleg Kotov of the 15th International Space Station crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:31 p.m. EDT Saturday to begin a six-month stay aboard.
With Yurchikhin and Kotov on their Soyuz TMA-10 is Spaceflight Participant Charles Simonyi, an American flying under contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency. He will return to Earth with Expedition 14, Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, on April 20. Expedition 14 launched to the station last Sept. 18.
Expedition 15's spacecraft is scheduled to dock at the station a little after 3 p.m. Monday.