Watch the Soyuz Launch Three Astronauts to the Space Station Live

By Ria Misra on at

Three new astronauts will start a trip up to the International Space Station tomorrow morning—and it all begins with a ride on the Soyuz spacecraft. Watch it launch live right here at 2:36 am BST.

The astronauts—NASA’s Kate Rubins, JAXA’s Takuya Onishi, and Roscomos’ Anatoly Ivanishin—will be making the trip as part of Expedition 49. They’ll be joining Expedition 48's three-person crew already aboard the ISS.

But it’s not just astronauts making the trip. There’s some new gear, including a genetic sequencer, in the cargo hold. Rubins will be using the device to conduct the first ever in-space DNA sequence, which NASA hopes will answer questions about the impact of spaceflight on the human body.

NASA will start coverage at 1:30 am, and the launch will take place at 2:36 am You can watch along with us here, and see the whole timeline that the Soyuz will follow (assuming all goes to plan) below.

1:36 am Launch vehicle control system prep; gyros active

1:40 am NASA TV: Crew pre-launch activities

1:51 am Pad service structure components lowered

1:52 am Clamshell-like gantry service towers retracted

1:59 am Suit leak checks; re-entry vehicle testing complete

2:02 am Emergency escape system armed

2:21 am Suit leak checks complete; escape system to auto

2:26 am Gyros “uncaged” and recorders activated

2:29 am Pre-launch operations complete

2:30 am Final launch countdown operations to auto

Launch complex/vehicle systems ready

9:31 am Commander’s controls active/helmets closed

Launch key inserted

2:32 am Combustion chamber nitrogen purge

2:33 am Booster propellant tank pressurization (drainback)

2:35 am Ground propellant feed terminated

2:35:41 am Vehicle to internal power

2:36:06 am Auto sequence start

First umbilical tower separates

2:36:11 am 3rd stage ground power umbilical separates

2:36:26 am Second umbilical tower separates

2:36:29 am Launch command issued

Central/side pod engines start

2:36:31 am Engine turbopumps at flight speed

2:36:36 am Engines at maximum thrust

2:36:41 am LAUNCH (1 hr, 28 min after sunrise)

2:45:26 am Orbital insertion