NASA TV to Air Launch of Next ISS Crew

The Soyuz MS-08 rocket is launched with Expedition 55 Soyuz Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and flight engineers Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel of NASA, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Artemyev, Arnold, and Feustel will spend the next five months living and working aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — Astronaut Nick Hague, who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013, is preparing to launch Thursday, Oct. 11, on his first space mission – a six-month stay on the International Space Station. The launch and arrival at the space station will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Hague and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. EDT (2:40 p.m. Kazakhstan time) on a four-orbit, six-hour journey to dock to the station at 10:44 a.m.

Less than two hours after arrival, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open and they will join Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency, NASA Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who arrived at the station in June.

Complete coverage of launch and docking activities are as follows:

  • 3:30 a.m. – Launch coverage begins
  • 10 a.m. – Docking coverage begins
  • 12:45 p.m. – Hatch opening and welcome coverage

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9, video of the crew’s prelaunch activities in Baikonur will air on NASA TV leading up to the launch.

The crew members of Expedition 57 will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station, humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory.

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  • Terry Rawnsley

    Why only 2 astronauts/cosmonauts?

  • ThomasLMatula

    It’s interesting they selected that date as October 11 is the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 7 launch.

  • duheagle

    The Russians are cutting back ISS crew complement to two – “temporarily” – because of budget problems. If they could have sold the extra seat I suspect they would have, but the UAE guys are still in training and I’m not aware of anyone currently wait-listed for an ISS space tourism slot.

  • redneck

    Those multiple months of learning Russian and training in a foreign country does seem to cut into revenue opportunities. Hopefully competitors will take note

  • duheagle

    Roger that.