ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

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



Soyuz MS-18 is launched to the ISS

April 9, 2021

Today, on April 9, 2021 at 10:42 Moscow time launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a with Soyuz MS-18 manned transportation spacecraft was launched from Pad 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site. On the ninth minute of the flight the spacecraft normally separated from the third stage and entered a target near-earth orbit.

Flying onboard the spacecraft are participants of the ISS-65/66 Expeditions to the International Space Station (ISS): Roscosmos cosmonauts leg Novitskiy (commader), Petr Dubrov (flight engineer 1) and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei (flight engineer 2).

At present Soyuz MS-18 continues its free flight to the International Space Station guided by specialists of the Lead Operational Control Team for the ISS Russian Segment at the Mission Control Center (Korolev).

Rendezvous of Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft with the ISS is carried out automatically using a super-fast two-orbit rendezvous profile. The final approach and docking of the spacecraft with module Rassvet of the ISS Russian Segment is scheduled at 14:07 Moscow time. Besides the participants of the ISS 65/66 Expedition the spacecraft will deliver 169 kg of payloads, i.e. space experiment and biomedical research kits, consumables, and an auxiliary set of onboard documentation, hygiene items and selections of fresh produce, as well as a souvenir photo of Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin and jubilee symbolic items for the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight.




October 28, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-18 is launched
October 5, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-19 is launched



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