ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



Crews of Soyuz S-18 embarked on the final stage of their preparations

March 27, 2021

The final stage of preparations of the prime and backup crews of the manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) Soyuz MS-18 for the mission under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station (ISS) has begun at the Baikonur Launch Site.

According to the pre-flight preparations schedule, the cosmonauts and astronauts performed a fit-check of their flight spacesuits, checked them for leakage and took their seats in the spacecraft. The crews checked the support systems, studied the mission plan, got acquainted with the onboard documentation and cargoes to be delivered to the ISS. Further launch site activities of the expedition participants include practice drills in the manual approach of the spacecraft to the ISS, check of the kits with scientific equipment, practicing ballistic operations and other preparatory procedures.

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 launch of the launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a carrying MTS Soyuz MS-18 to the International Space Station is scheduled for April 9, 2021 from the Baikonur Launch Site.