Expedition 40 departs to launch site

MOSKOVA (CIHAN)- Expedition 4041 Soyuz Commander Max Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), NASA Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and their backups, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Terry Virts of NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency participated in traditional ceremonies at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow on May 15. Afterward, they departed for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to complete their training for the launch of Suraev, Wiseman and Gerst to the International Space Station in the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft on May 29, Kazakh time.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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