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Soyuz Countdown and Launch-to-Docking Timeline

Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 8:53 AM EST

Launch of the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, carrying commander Oleg Novitskiy, European Space Agency flight engineer Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, is scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 17 at 3:20:13 p.m. EST (GMT-5; 2:20 a.m., 11/18, local time) Docking at the International Space Station’s Rassvet module is expected around 5 p.m. on Nov. 19. Here is the latest launch-to-docking timeline (in U.S. Eastern Time and mission elapsed time):

Changes and additions:

11/15/16: Posting Soyuz MS-03 ascent-to-docking timeline (rev. A)

11/17/16: Correcting docking port; time


  • William Harwood

    Bill Harwood has been covering the U.S. space program full-time since 1984, first as Cape Canaveral bureau chief for United Press International and now as a consultant for CBS News. He has covered more than 125 shuttle missions, every interplanetary flight since Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune, and scores of commercial and military launches. Based at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Harwood is a devoted amateur astronomer and co-author of "Comm Check: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia." You can follow his frequent status updates at the CBS News Space page.