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Russian and Americans prepare for Soyuz MS-12 launch to Station

14 Mar 2019, 13:01 UTC
Russian and Americans prepare for Soyuz MS-12 launch to Station
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For the first time in 2019, humans are preparing to launch to space aboard Roscosmos’ veteran Soyuz-FG rocket and the Soyuz MS crew vehicle. The mission, Soyuz MS-12, will ferry three crewmembers, one Russian and two Americans, to the International Space Station.
Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague are two of the crew, and both will strap back into a Soyuz just six months after they were involved in the Soyuz MS-10 In-Flight Abort on 11 October 2018. They will be joined on Soyuz MS-12 by NASA astronaut Christina Koch.
Liftoff is set for 15:14:09 EDT (1914:09 UTC) on 14 March 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Soyuz MS-12 will rendezvous and dock with the Station six hours later.
Navigating the “did they/didn’t they reach space on MS-10” debate:
In short: NASA says they did. Russia says they didn’t.
Per flight data, the Soyuz MS-10 descent module carrying Ovchinin and Hague reached a maximum altitude of 93 km before returning to Earth’s surface.
The U.S. Air Force officially recognizes the boundary of space as beginning at 80 km (50 miles); the generally accepted but legitimately debated international boundary where space begins – the Kármán line – is at an altitude ...

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