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March 11-17, 2019 / Vol 38, No 10 / Hawai`i Island, USA

8 Mar 2019, 20:38 UTC
March 11-17, 2019 / Vol 38, No 10 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Expedition 59 Crew Launch On Soyuz MS-12 Increases ISS Complement to 6

Soyuz MS-12 flight scheduled for Mar 14 will carry ISS Expedition 59 crew of Aleksey Ovchinin, Christina Koch, and Nick Hague. Ovchinin and Hague are the former crew of MS-10 from Oct 2018. Rookie astronaut Koch will be the 63rd woman in space. The Expedition 58 crew of Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques are aboard ISS after arrival on Soyuz MS-11 on Dec 3, 2018 and will become part of Expedition 59. Saint-Jacques is the first Canada astronaut following Chris Hadfield, commander of Expedition 35, in 2013. SpaceX Crew Dragon DM-1 departs ISS on Mar 8. SpaceX DM-2 is on track to return astronauts to ISS aboard an American vehicle in July, followed closely by the Boeing Starliner. An American flag left on ISS by the crew of the final Space Shuttle mission STS-135 in 2011 waits for the first commercial crew. McClain is resizing spacesuit components for 3 EVAs planned in Mar and Apr. On Mar 29 McClain and Koch will make the first all-female EVA. Kononenko replaces fuel bottles used during experiments in the Combustion Integrated Rack. Flight of the first United Arab Emirates ...

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