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Russia to launch Soyuz MS-03 manned spacecraft to ISS on November 17

October 28, 2016, 13:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft will deliver Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, European astronaut Thomas Pesquet and US astronaut Peggy Whitson to the ISS
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MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. The Soyuz MS-03 manned spacecraft with a new mission crew will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan on November 17, the press office of the state space corporation Roscosmos reported on Friday.

"The launch of the transport manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-02 is planned for 23:20 Moscow time [20:20 GMT] on November 17," Roscosmos said in a statement posted on its website.

A Progress MS-04 space freighter is planned to be launched to the ISS on December 1.

Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation reported earlier that the launch of the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft had been scheduled for November 17. Before that, the launch was planned for November 16.

The Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft will deliver Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, European astronaut Thomas Pesquet and US astronaut Peggy Whitson to the ISS.

A source in the Russian rocket and space industry earlier told TASS that the Soyuz would dock with the ISS about 01:00 p.m. on November 20.

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