ISS-63 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Christopher Cassidy
Flight engineers:
Anatoly Ivanishin
Ivan Wagner
Robert Behnken
Douglas Hurley



Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft crews proceeded to their final training session

March 25, 2020

The final pre-flight training session of the prime and backup crews of Soyuz MS-16 transport manned spacecraft under the program of the ISS 62/63 Expeditions to the International Space Station (ISS) began at the Baikonur Launch Site.

According to the training schedule, the cosmonauts and astronauts fitted on flight spacesuits, performed their leak tests and took their places in the spacecraft. The crews checked the service equipment, familiarized with the onboard documentation, studied the flight program and the list of cargo to be delivered to the ISS. Further training sessions of the expedition participants at the launch site include training of the manual approach of the spacecraft to the ISS, checking of the science hardware kits, testing of ballistic operations and other training procedures.

The prime crew of Soyuz MS-16 consists of commander Anatoly Ivanishin (Roscosmos), flight-engineer 1 Ivan Vagner (Roscosmos) and flight engineer 2 Christopher Cassidy (NASA). Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Babkin and NASA astronaut Stephen Bowen.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1 launch vehicle carrying Soyuz MS-16 to the ISS is scheduled for April 9, 2020 from the Baikonur Launch Site.





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