Roscosmos will launch the Soyuz MS-26 spacecraft to the ISS on September 11 with two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut

Roscosmos will launch the Soyuz MS-26 spacecraft to the ISS on September 11 with two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut
Roscosmos will launch the Soyuz MS-26 spacecraft to the ISS on September 11 with two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut

Roscosmos has scheduled for next September 11 the launch of the Soyuz MS-26 spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) with the 72nd expedition, made up of Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Ivan Vagner, and the oldest active astronaut of NASA, Donald Pettit. Ovchinin will be the commander of the expedition, which plans to remain on the ISS until April 1 next year.

“The start of our expedition is scheduled for September 11, 2024,” he said, adding that the mission will return to Earth on April 1, 2025 or after 202 days of space flight.

During his fourth mission to the ISS, the American astronaut Pettit will serve as flight engineer. After blasting off into space, Pettit will conduct scientific research and technology demonstrations to help prepare the crew for future space missions.

NASA selected Pettit as an astronaut in 1996. A veteran of three space flights, he made comprehensive advances in technology and demonstrations for human exploration. He served as science officer for Expedition 6 in 2003, operated the robotic arm of space shuttle Endeavor STS-126 in 2008, and served as flight engineer for Expedition 30/31 in 2012. Pettit has logged 370 days in space and has made two space exits for a total of 13 hours and 17 minutes.

 
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