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Commission approves crew of next ISS expedition

July 06, 9:42 UTC+3 BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan)
The launch of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS spacecraft is scheduled for 04:36 am, Moscow time on July 7
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BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), July 6. /TASS/. The state commission has approved the crew of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), which will fly to orbit on July 7 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos reported on Wednesday.

"Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins and the Japanese Space Agency astronaut Takuya Onishi have been approved as the main crew members," Roscosmos said.

The launch of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS spacecraft is scheduled for 04:36 am, Moscow time on July 7. The spacecraft is expected to dock to the Russian ISS segment on July 9 at 07:12 am, Moscow time.

It will be the second spaceflight for this Ivanishin, and Rubens and Onishi have not flown into space so far.

Military aircraft put in positions along Soyuz MS flight trajectory

Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, an aide to the district commander, reported on Wednesday that the aviation search and rescue forces and means of Russia’s Central Military District had taken positions at the operational airfields along the Soyuz MS manned spacecraft flight trajectory.

"The aviation forces and all-terrain vehicles have been positioned in Baikonur, Karaganda, Gorno-Altaisk and Kyzyl. An hour before spacecraft’s blastoff, the military will be placed on high alert. A total 124 military servicemen, 10 Mil Mi-8 helicopters with special equipment and doctors on board, two Antonov An-12 and An-26 planes and 16 vehicles are involved in the search and rescue support of the launch," Roshchupkin said.

The regional department of the Central Military District in Yekaterinburg organized the duty for the spacecraft launch and orbiting.

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