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December 3-9, 2018 / Vol 37, No 49 / Hawai`i Island, USA

30 Nov 2018, 20:28 UTC
December 3-9, 2018 / Vol 37, No 49 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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International Space Station to Host New Crew and Spacecraft

The International Space Station crew observes 20 years of ISS in orbit November 2018, continuously occupied since 2000. The Expedition 58 crew of cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and American Anne McClain count down to launch Dec 3, first human Soyuz launch since the failed attempt Oct 11. McClain will be the 62nd woman in space; Saint-Jacques will be the first Canada astronaut to live on ISS since Chris Hadfield in 2013. Expedition 57 crew of Alexander Gerst, Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev prepare to depart Dec 20. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship “S.S. John Young” remains docked to ISS until Feb 2019. Successful launch of Progress MS-10 cargo ship, now also docked to ISS, clears the way for Expedition 58. SpaceX uncrewed Demo-1 Flight prepares for Jan 7 launch date to ISS. Boeing Starliner also prepares for uncrewed launch to ISS on Atlas V booster Mar 2019. A new crew is expected to arrive on Soyuz MS-12 flight Apr 2019. SpaceX and Boeing both expect to perform abort tests followed by crewed missions later in 2019, carrying astronauts aboard American rockets for the first time since 2011. Additions ...

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