FINANCIAL – Three space travelers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to release to the International Space Station on Monday, December 3, within six and a half months. The live broadcast will be broadcast on NASA television and on the agency’s website.
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Ann McClain from NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenkuf Roscosmos are preparing to launch on board the Soyuz-MS-11 spacecraft on December 3 at 6:31 am Eastern Time (17:31 ) Kazakhstan time).
After a six-hour journey, making four orbits of the Earth, the crew docked the Soyuz spacecraft with the Search module of the station at 12:35 pm. begin your mission in the orbital laboratory. This will be the first flight for McClain, and for Saint-Jacques and the fourth for Kononenko.
Less than two hours after docking, the hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the current crew, Expedition-57 spacecraft commander Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency, NASA flight engineer Serena Anunon-Chancellor and Roscosmos flight engineer Sergei Prokopev, who are in orbit from June, will greet them.
Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques will officially become the crew of Expedition 58, when Gerst, Aung-Chancellor and Prokopiev leave home at home on December 20.
The crew will continue to work on hundreds of experiments in the field of biology, biotechnology, physics and earth science on board the International Space Station, the only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory for humankind.
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency worked closely with Russian space officials and the Roscosmos satellite program partner to advance the crew launch plans, complete a series of reviews, including the station readiness review.
Station officials will continue to follow the usual preliminary process with Roscosmos to ensure the safety of the crew during its upcoming launch. McClain and Saint-Jacques also expressed confidence in the reliability of the Soyuz rocket and in the efforts of partners to launch successfully.
According to NASA