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Representatives of Russia, Japan and the United States will go to the ISS from the Baikonur Cosmodrome

17.12.2017 135 просмотров

Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and US and Japanese astronauts Scott Tingle and Norisige Kanai will leave the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday as part of a new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Soyuz MS-07 manned spacecraft.


"The launch of the Soyuz MS-07 transport manned spacecraft on the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket is scheduled for 10:21 Moscow time on December 17," the state corporation Roscosmos told TASS about this.

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The spacecraft will separate from the third stage of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket and go on an orbital flight to the ISS approximately nine minutes after launch - at 10:30 Moscow time. When the Soyuz enters the calculated orbit, the crew will be in a state of weightlessness, at this moment a "weightlessness indicator" will float up to the "ceiling" of the ship above the crew lying in the lodgements. This time it will be a small plush poodle toy.

The autonomous flight of the ship will take place according to a two-day scheme, the docking of the Soyuz with the ISS is scheduled for December 19 at 11:42 Moscow time.

The duration of the mission of the new crew in orbit will be 122 days. During this time, its members will have to work with the Progress MS transport cargo ships and the American Dragon, carry out a program of scientific applied research and experiments, spacewalks (the first one is scheduled for February 2018 - TASS note), as well as taking onboard photos - and video filming and much more.

For Shkaplerov this flight will be the third in his career, Tingle and Kanai will visit space for the first time.

KHL symbols on the ISS

The crew of the new expedition will deliver to the ISS a smaller copy of the Gagarin Cup and a puck dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the Continental Hockey League (KHL). This was announced earlier at a press conference by the President of the KHL Dmitry Chernyshenko. According to him, after returning to Earth, the puck will be used in the final of the Gagarin Cup next spring.

The Russian cosmonaut said that he had never seen the final games of the Gagarin Cup, while admitting that he hopes to watch the final next year . Chernyshenko promised that the KHL would try to provide tickets to all astronauts who want to watch the games.

Upgraded ship

Soyuz MS ("MS" stands for "modernized systems") - a new Russian manned spacecraft from the Soyuz series. The first ship of the new series launched to the ISS on July 7 of this year.

Soyuz MS, like the previous version (Soyuz TMA-M), was created on the basis of the Soyuz TMA series (operated in 2002-2011 years) through deep modernization. Soyuz MS is distinguished by an updated command and telemetry system capable of operating via Luch satellites, a new Kurs-NA rendezvous and docking system, and other equipment. In addition, the ships of the new series have an improved power supply system, and solar panels generate more energy.

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