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The launch of the Soyuz MS-08 mission will take place on Wednesday, March 21st. A launch to follow live.
Update – the takeoff went well. The astronauts are now in low Earth orbit and will join the International Space Station within two days.
Now, @Astro_Ricky, @Astro_Feustel and @OlegMKS are embarking on a new home in space – the @Space_Station. Details on their earlier 1:44 pm ET liftoff: https://t.co/6gq6vyQ2Pp pic.twitter.com/7hzKruuKcp
– NASA (@NASA) March 21, 2018
What missionWhat is the mission?
As part of the international cooperation that has been forged between nations to deal with the ISS, crews sent to orbit at some 400 km altitude to conduct scientific experiments are relieved after a while. – usually, after a few months of mission – by new staff. This is what will happen this spring.
Indeed, the team of the expedition 55 will be conveyed by a Soyuz capsule for a mission of about six months. Three people are involved: American astronauts A. Fostel and Ricky Arnold, as well as Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. They will be aboard the Russian Anton Shkaplerov, the American Scott Tingle and the Japanese Norishige Kanai.
The US Space Agency states that the three flight engineers will have the mission, during their stay in space, to study the Earth's atmosphere, the effects of microgravity on the bone marrow, the reactions of materials to environments spatial and biological sample responses to simulated gravity. Extra-vehicular exits are also to be expected.
Credits: NASA / Victor Zelentsov Launch timeWhen takeoff takes place?
The launch of the Soyuz MS-08 mission will take place on Wednesday, March 21st from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. According to the schedule of space agencies, the Soyuz launcher must take off at 18:44 French time. Several other firing windows were considered during the month of March, but they could not be exploited.
Where to watchHow to watch the live launch
The launch will be broadcast live on the American Space Agency's television channel, as well as on its YouTube channel.