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ISS crew:

Commander -
Akihiko Hoshide

Flight engineers:
leg Novitskiy
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Tomas Pesquet



The crew of Soyuz MS-16 is back home

October 22, 2020

Crew members of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-16, which undocked today from the International Space Station on October 22, 2020 at 02:32 Moscow Time, have successfully returned to Earth at 05:54:12 Moscow Time. All the operations associated with the descent from orbit and landing went normally. Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, and the NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy feel well.

This very day Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner will take a charter flight to Chkalovsky airfield (Moscow Region). They are going to spend the next few weeks at the Crew Pre-flight Training and Post-flight Rehabilitation Facility in Star City. The health status of the Russian crew members of Soyuz MS-16 will be monitored by doctors.

General Director of State Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin: "At 05:54 Moscow Time Soyuz MS-16 descent vehicle accomplished a landing in regular operational mode. Everything onboard is OK. I congratulate the crew on their return to Earth, and the members of the State Commission for Flight Testing of Manned Systems on the successful completion of one more manned mission!

The launch of Expedition 63 took place on April 9, 2020, from launch pad No.31 at the Baikonur launch site. Soyuz MS-16 became the first manned spacecraft to be sent into orbit on Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying a spacecraft with a crew onboard. The mission of Anatoli Ivanishin, Ivan Vagner, and Christopher Cassidy lasted almost 196 days. During the time the crew worked in orbit, dozens of experiments in various fields of scientific research were conducted under the Russian science program (medicine, space biology, biotechnology, physical and chemical processes, etc.).

The completed mission was the third in the career of the Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoli Ivanishin. His first stint in orbit as the flight engineer of Soyuz TMA-22 and flight engineer of Expedition 29/30 to the ISS lasted 165 days in 2011-2012. After that mission Anatoli Ivanishin was awarded the title of the Hero of Russian Federation. His second mission lasting 115 days took place in 2016 when he flew as the commander of Soyuz MS-01, flight engineer of ISS-48 and commander of ISS-49. Now, Anatoli Ivanishins total accumulated stay in orbit is more than 476.

For Ivan Vagner, the youngest cosmonaut ever to visit the ISS, flying as the flight engineer of Soyuz MS-16 and Expedition ISS-63 was a debut. It took him almost 10 years to make his dream come true: On October 12, 2010, the Main Interdepartmental Commission made a decision to recommend him for enlistment into the Energia cosmonaut corps (17th class), on November 15 he started his training as candidate cosmonaut tester at the premises of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, and on August 3, 2012, he was given the qualification of Cosmonaut Tester. Starting from February 2020, together with Anatoli Ivanishin and Christopher Cassidy, he began training as a member of the main crew of ISS-63.

In spite of a tight working schedule, cosmonaut Ivan Vagner managed to make time for publishing unique pictures on his pages in social networks and videos about living in orbit within the framework of the project Ivan Vagners Flight Log, thanks to which thousands of people all over the globe became somewhat closer to space. Numerous videos with crew holiday greetings will also stick in memory, while the weekly space riddles forced quite a number of people to reopen the world atlas and learn something new about our wondrous planet.

Currently continuing work onboard the International Space Station is the crew of Expedition 64 consisting of Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins. Scheduled for November of this year is the launch of SpaceX Crew-1 mission, when the current crew will be joined by astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi.


Photo: Roscosmos



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