BAIKONUR. KAZINFORM Less than an hour remains before the launch of the Soyuz MS-22 transport manned spacecraft (TPK) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazinform correspondent reports.
The launch of the Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-22 TPK with the Russian-American crew on board is scheduled for 19:54 Astana time. At Baikonur, the time is one hour less.
Three hours before the launch, the ISS-68 crew – Sergey Prokopiev, Dmitry Petelin, Frank Rubio – reported to the Chairman of the State Commission – First Deputy Head of Roscosmos Alexander Ivanov about their readiness for flight. Numerous guests who arrived at Baikonur took part in the so-called “ceremonial” state commission. Among them are the delegations of Kazakhstan, NASA, schoolchildren, relatives and relatives of the crew members.
After the report, the ISS-68 crew went by bus to the launch complex 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Boarding a ship is another traditional ceremony for astronauts. Photographing, the last instructions of the technical management and colleagues, and the astronauts take the elevator to the very top of the ship, where their lodgements are located.
In these minutes, the crew is inside the spacecraft and is preparing for the launch. The live broadcast of preparations for the launch has already begun, and the launch itself can also be viewed on social networks. link.