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A new crew headed to the International Space Station, and the ship joined the station in orbit

A new crew headed to the International Space Station, and the ship joined the station in orbit

Originally, three Russian astronauts were to travel, but at the request of NASA, the Russian company Roscosmos assigned one seat to the Americans.

For the occasion, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos christened a spacecraft named after the first astronaut Yuri Gagarin, who was the first man to fly into space in 60 years, on April 12, 1961.

After two Earth orbits

“After 529.5 seconds, at 9:51:30 CST, the Soyuz spacecraft will be separated into orbit. Soyuz will join the International Space Station after only two orbits around the Earth,” said astronaut and astronomer Michel Vaclavik of the Space Agency Czech Republic on Twitter before the launch, which also works at the Institute of Aircraft Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Republic. Technical University of Prague.

The Rassvet station unit was finally contacted at 13:05 our time, two minutes earlier than planned. “After the necessary examination, the manhole will open at 3:00 pm and the three-member crew will board the plane,” Vaclavik added.

And the Associated Press indicated that the task of the new members of the crew of the orbital complex will be to work on hundreds of experiments in the fields of biology, biotechnology, physics or earth sciences. This is Novick’s third assignment, the second by Vande Heie and the first by Dubrov.

Illustrative photo of the new International Space Station crew members

Photo: Twitter ISS