BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, April 5 (Xinhua) — Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-21 has been transported to the launch pad and raised to a vertical position, ready to blast off on April 5, Xinhua correspondents reported Saturday from the site.
The launch is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first flight into space in 1961 carried out by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
For hours, journalists and tourists from all over the world had braved a nasty weather and watched the train and trucks delivering the rocket to the pad.
The Soyuz TMA-21 rocket will deliver three crew members to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 5.
In a six-month mission, these cosmonauts will carry out over 40 experiments.
The Soyuz TMA modification is a replacement of the Soyuz TM as it was equipped wi…