BAIKONUR. KAZINFORM – Soyuz MS-22 transport manned spacecraft three hours after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, moored to the International Space Station, Kazinform correspondent reports.
After the opening of the transfer hatches between the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft and the Rassvet module, the crew of the 68th long-term expedition – Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev, Dmitry Petelin and NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio will board the station, the press service of Roscosmos reports.
Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemiev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov, NASA astronauts Chell Lindgren, Robert Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti meet their colleagues on the ISS.
Together with the crew, about 120 kg of payloads were delivered to the ISS on the ship, which received the name Tsiolkovsky, including sanitary and hygienic equipment and medical control, on-board documentation and consumable items of service equipment, clothes and personal belongings of astronauts, rations food and fresh produce; and stacking for scientific experiments.
During the 188-day expedition, the ISS-68 crew will have to perform five EVAs under the Russian program, receive two Progress cargo spacecraft, and conduct a cycle of scientific and applied research.
The launch from Baikonur was very spectacular, and the people of Kazakhstan shared in social networks with unusual photos and videos of the optical effect of space launch.