Liftoff of the Russian Soyuz launcher carrying SKIN B on 28 March 2013 from Baikonur Cosmodrome
The Russian Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft taking the astronauts of Expedition 35 to the ISS also carried the SKIN B experiment, which is being overseen by German researchers. The launch vehicle lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 21:43 CET on 28 March 2013. A new fast-rendezvous flight profile allowed the spacecraft to dock with the ISS in only six hours (four orbits), rather than the more usual two days; docking took place on 29 March at 03.28 CET. At 05:35 CET, the new crewmembers entered the Russian Poisk module to which the Soyuz had docked.