Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft will send two American astronauts and astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday (April 9) and you can watch it live online.
The Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, is scheduled to launch atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 AM local time (0742 GMT or 12:42). Local time). On Friday, take a three-hour car ride to International space station.
You can watch the action live. At Space.comImage courtesy of NASA or Directly through the space agencyLaunch coverage will begin at 2:45 a.m. EDT (0745 GMT).
Video: Astronaut Mark Vande Hei cooks up on his last minute space flight.
If all goes according to plan, the trio̵7;s spacecraft will dock with the space station around 07:07 EDT (1107 GMT), coverage of that activity will begin at 6:15 AM EDT (1015 GMT). This NASA will broadcast on the web about the opening of the hatch and the speech of the crew or flight controller, expected around 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).
The mission will be the second space flight for Vande Hei, the third for Soyuz Novitskiy’s commander and the first for Dubrov.
NASA announced Vande Hei’s involvement in the mission last month. Usually crews for long-term space station missions have been on the alert for years, but NASA’s Vande Hei Fast Track After the agency’s plans to switch to commercial crew opportunities have been complicated by a number of technical issues with Boeing. Starliner astronaut taxiThat could delay the first flight of the vehicle until 2022.
(Like Boeing, SpaceX holds a contract with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is up and running, and has already taken two crew members to the orbiting laboratory.)
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Vande Hei gave him a notice of the flight before making it public. Told Space.com in an exclusive interview.“I’m preparing for this flight, something we do in an emergency just in case we can get a seat,” he said.
Usually NASA will buy a seat on the Soyuz spacecraft, but in this case, NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, have agreed to exchange seats instead – Vande Hei is on board the Soyuz spacecraft for the Roscosmos astronauts to decide. In the flight of a future commercial crew Flight assignments are still pending as NASA malfunctions with commercial crew scheduling, and Vande Hei may be. Take a year More than six normal months in space But that hasn’t been fully decided yet.
“Things have changed and … we have to coordinate with the Russians, especially Roscosmos, to find out when to return,” Vande Hei told Space.com.
His previous space flight lasted six months, so Vande Hei said he would wait. New “life experiences”, if he is assigned to a higher place for one year
Three Soyuz MS-18 crews will join the Seven Expedition 64 spaceflyers currently in the orbiting laboratory. One of the largest teams in recent memory.All seven arrived in the two spacecraft last year. The Soyuz spacecraft brought NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and astronauts Sergey Rizhikov and Sergey Kud-Schershkov to the station in October, then SpaceX Crew Dragon sent astronauts. NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as Japan’s Soichi Noguchi, went to the orbiting complex in November.
Friday’s launch will take place three days before the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight from the same facility that hosted that historic takeoff on April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union. Yuri Gagarin Launched to Earth orbit from Baikonur Roscosmos, the Russian space agency named the spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 Gagarin after the famous astronaut.
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