Here we are!
Tonight, at 21:01 UTC the powerful rockets of the Soyuz TMA15-M will turn on in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. So the mission ISS number 42, called “Futura”, will start. On board there will be a crew of three astronauts including our Italian Captain Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian astronaut ever.
Captain Cristoforetti is also an amteur radio operator with the call IZ0UDF and we hope she can give us so many emotions as our previous astronaut Luca Parmitano.
Samantha will remain on the ISS for six months, between experiments and general maintenance, we hope she will find time to broadcast on hamradio bands with us on Earth.
In the meantime, we follow her in his quick trip to the Space:
At the following link by European Space Agency the live video of the launch of the Soyuz: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Futura/Watch_Futura_launch_live
By November 24 will be also launched a special social network to interact directly with our astronaut, this is an Italian initiative: http://friendsinspace.org
We can follow the stages of the trip also via radio during the passagges on Europe:
First passagge 22:31 UTC of 23/11/2014 121,750 MHz FM
Second passagge 01:01 UTC of 24/11/2014 121,750 MHz FM
Third passagge 01:31 UTC of 24/11/2014 121,750 MHz FM