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Soyuz MS-08 docked with the ISS

March 26, 2018

March 23, at 22:41 Moscow Time, transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-08 with a crew onboard successfully docked with the Research Module Poisk (MRM2) of the International Space Station (ISS). Onboard Soyuz MS-08 are the members of Expedition ISS-55/56: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev (commander) and NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold (flight engineers).

The rendezvous and docking of Soyuz MS-08 with the station were carried out in accordance with the mission plan using a two-day rendezvous profile after the orbital insertion. The docking was performed in automatic mode under supervision of ISS RS LOCT specialists at MCC and the Russian crew members of the transportation spacecraft and the station.

After performing a number of preparatory operations (a leak test of compartments and the docking interface, equalizing pressure, etc.) transfer hatches between the spacecraft and the ISS were opened and the newly arrived Expedition participants transferred to the station. There they were met by the commander of the international crew of ISS-55 Anton Shkaplerov and flight engineers, a NASA astronaut Scott Tingle (USA) and a JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai (Japan).

Soyuz MS-08 delivered 161 kg of various cargoes for Russian cosmonauts and our partners in the ISS. These include hardware for experiments, equipment for biomedical and geophysical research, habitable environment monitoring devices, life support and personal crew items.

The expedition tasks include: handling Russian and US cargo vehicles, keeping station in good working order, implementing national programs of applied science research, carrying out extravehicular activities under the programs of the Russian and US segments, performing onboard still and video photography to chronicle the mission of the ISS RS, and symbolic activities.

Under the Russian program of applied scientific research, including joint experiments with NASA and ESA, there are plans to run 60 applied science experiments to study Earth and space during Expedition ISS-55/56.
A spacewalk from DC1 under the RS program is scheduled for August 2018.

During a spacewalk the cosmonauts are to install on the outer surface of the ISS Russian Segment Service Module Zvezda the antenna unit of a joint Russian-German science equipment package Icarus. There are also plans to run the experiment Test and launch two small satellites within the framework of the educational experiment Radioskaf.

The planned mission duration is 161 days.

The new-series spacecraft Soyuz MS was developed as a result of a radical upgrade of Soyuz TMA spacecraft. It is designed to deliver crews of up to three and their accompanying cargoes to the International Space Station, as well as to return them to Earth. When attached to the ISS, it also serves as a crew rescue vehicle and is kept permanently ready for emergency crew return to Earth.

 

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