The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft is seen on the launch pad Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, teams are making final preparations for the launch of Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos to the International Space Station. Their journey to the station will begin with a lift off at 6:31 a.m. EST Monday (5:31 p.m. in Baikonur). Live launch coverage will begin at 5:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
The three will join Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos. Auñón-Chancellor, Gerst and Prokopyev are scheduled to remain aboard the station until Dec. 20; Expedition 58 officially begins when they undock from the space station.
McClain, Saint-Jacques and Konenenko will spend more than six months conducting hundreds of science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development, providing the foundation for continuing human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars. Some of the investigations they will conduct are sponsored by the U.S. National ...