ISS-65 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Akihiko Hoshide

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



Crews of Soyuz MS-18 arrived at Baikonur

March 26, 2021

The prime and backup crews of the manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) Soyuz MS-18 arrived at the Baikonur Launch Site to complete their pre-flight preparations under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station (ISS). They were met at the airfield Krainiy by members of the Technical Management and the State Commission.

The prime crew of Soyuz MS-18 consists of commander leg Novitskiy (Roscosmos), flight engineer 1 Petr Dubrov (Roscosmos) and flight engineer 2 Mark Vande Hei (NASA). Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Artemiev and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

The crew commanders reported to the management that they are ready for execution of the flight program and acceptance of Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft. After that the cosmonauts and astronauts set off for the Testing and Training Complex of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, where they are to receive their final prelaunch training with daily medical checkups.

Tomorrow the crews will have their first training session inside the spacecraft. During this first fit-check they will practice standard on-the-spot procedures inside their descent vehicle, familiarize themselves with onboard documentation and run tests of the onboard systems.





July 21, 2021
LV Proton-M with MLM Nauka is launched
June 30, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-17 is launched



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