The Tsiolkovsky spacecraft launched from Baikonur

BAIKONUR. KAZINFORM – On September 21, 2022, at 19:54 Astana time, a Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle with a Soyuz MS-22 manned spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazinform correspondent reports.

The launch took place at the appointed time and proceeded as usual. The hosts of the live report at the Baikonur Cosmodrome reported on the planned separation of the stages of the launch vehicle, 10 minutes after the launch, the ship entered low-Earth orbit.

The ISS-68 crew, consisting of Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev, Dmitry Petelin and American astronaut Frank Rubio, set off for the International Space Station.

The Soyuz MS-22 ship was named after the founder of theoretical cosmonautics Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, the 165th anniversary of his birth was celebrated the other day. On the head fairing of the rocket there is an emblem with a portrait of a scientist and the inscription “165 years since the birth of K.E. Tsiolkovsky.

Also on the ship there is an emblem in honor of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Russia with the inscription: “Union looking to the future.”

As it became known, the docking of the Soyuz M-22 spacecraft with the ISS will take place according to a short, two-orbit scheme. This means that in more than three hours the cosmonauts will land at the space house.

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