AND FINANCIAL – Three space passengers, including two astronauts on their first flight, have been scheduled to launch the International Space Station on Monday, December 3 for a six-and-a-half mission. Live broadcast will be on NASA TV and the agency's website.
In the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Kononenkoof Roscosmos are preparing to launch on board board Soyuz MS-11 December 3 at 6:31 am EST (5:31 pm Amser Kazakhstan).
Following a six hour trip that makes four orbits of Earth, the crew will steal Soyuz to the Poisk module at the station at 12:35 p.m. to start their mission on the orbital lab. This is the first flight to McClain and Saint Jacques and the fourth for Kononenko.
There will be less than two hours after docking, a furniture between the Soyuz and the station opening, and the current crew, Expedition 57 Alexander Gerst Commander of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón- Chancellor and Roscosmos Sergey Prokopyev Flight Engineer, who has been an orbit since June, greeted them.
Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques will officially come to the Expedition 58 crew when Gerst, Aunon-Chancellor and Prokopyev leave the station for the December 20 home.
Members of the crew will continue to work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science at the board of the International Space Station, the only microrogravity laboratory with a personality.
NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have worked closely with Russian space officers and the Roscosmos station program program to move on plans to launch the crew, completing a series of reviews including the Flight Program Readiness Readiness of the station program.
Station program officers will continue to follow the routine programming process with Roscosmos to ensure the crew's safety during its forthcoming launch. McClain and Saint-Jacques also expressed confidence regarding the reliability of Soyuz's rocket and the efforts of the partners for a successful launch.
According to NASA