FINANCIAL – Three space travelers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station on Monday, December 3 for a six and a half month mission. Live coverage will be aired on NASA Television and the advertising agency's website.
At Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Anne McClain from NASA, David Saint-Jacquesof from the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenkoof Roscosmos are preparing to launch the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft, December 3 at 6:31 am EST (5:31 pm) . Kazakhstan Time).
After a six-hour trip to make four Earth orbits, the crew will enter Soyuz into the Poisk module at the station at 12:35. to start their mission in the orbital laboratory. This will be the first flight for McClain and Saint-Jacques and fourth for Kononenko.
Less than two hours after the docking, the hold between Soyuz and the station will open, and the current crew, Expedition Commander 57 Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA Aviation Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Aviation Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who are already in orbit since June, will welcome them.
Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques will officially become Expedition 58 crews when Gerst, Aunon-Chancellor and Prokopyev leave the station for home December 20.
Crew members will continue to work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science on the International Space Station, only a micro-gravity laboratory inhabited by humans.
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have collaborated with Russian space officials and program partner Roscosmos to move ahead in the plan to launch the crew, completing a series of reviews including the station's Flight Readiness Study program.
The station program official will continue to follow the usual prelaunch process with Roscosmos to ensure the safety of the crew during the upcoming launch. McClain and Saint-Jacques also expressed their confidence in the reliability of the Soyuz rocket and the efforts of partners for a successful launch.
According to NASA