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September 23-29, 2019 / Vol 38, No 38 / Hawai’i Island, USA

20 Sep 2019, 20:12 UTC
September 23-29, 2019 / Vol 38, No 38 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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Soyuz MS-15 to Carry 3 Expedition 61 Crewmembers to ISS; Experiments and Repairs Planned

Launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome on September 25, Expedition 61 will be the final mission utilizing the Soyuz-FG rocket, as the Roscosmos workhorse relied on by ISS astronauts since 2011 will be decommissioned and replaced by the 21st century Soyuz-2. Capable of lifting 3,000 kg into geostationary transfer orbit, the next generation Soyuz achieves a significant increase over the 1,700 kg capacity of the Soyuz-FG configuration. After a commute of approximately 6 hours aboard Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, Oleg Skripochka (RSA), flight engineer Jessica Meir (NASA), and the first Emirati astronaut / spaceflight participant Hazzaa AlMansoori (Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre) will join Aleksandr Skvortsov, Andrew Morgan, Nick Hauge, Christina Koch, Luca Parmitano and commander Aleksey Ovchinin. This will bring the total number of residents aboard ISS to 9 temporarily, before the departure of Ovchinin and Hauge October 3. Parmitano will take over command of Expedition 61, marking the first time that an Italy Astronaut has commanded the ISS. Since launching July 20, 50 years to the day of Apollo 11 lunar landing, Parmitano has also made history as the first disc jockey in space, transmitting a 12-minute ...

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