The Soyuz spacecraft that will carry three new flight engineers to the International Space Station has been rolled out to the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan.
The trio, two Russians and one American will spend five and half months on the ISS.
Before the launch later tonight the crew held the customary press conference.
American Astronaut, Scott Kelly said:
“We are very fortunate to have out Russian partners, otherwise we would not have a way to get to the International Space Station right now, so I think it is a great partnership.”
According to tradition two Russian children were invited to wish the crew a smooth journey.The men will spend their time on the space station arranging deliveries of supplies from visiting aircraft and doing maintenance. At least one space walk is scheduled.