Launches: Expedition 67 crew arrives safely at ISS
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a U.S. astronaut and two cosmonauts took flight as we speak (Wednesday, September 21, 2022), headed for the Worldwide House Station (ISS) on Expedition 67. The crew arrived safely on the station three hours later, bringing Earth’s on-orbit inhabitants to 10 folks. The flight got here after a six-month delay. NASA introduced the profitable launch through the ISS weblog:
NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and two cosmonauts arrived on the Worldwide House Station Wednesday, bringing its variety of residents to 10 for the approaching week.
The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft carrying Rubio, in addition to Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin of Roscosmos, docked to the station’s Rassvet module at 1:06 p.m. EDT. Following two orbits, docking occurred about three hours after a 9:54 a.m. launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Now, with three extra space vacationers on the station, the on-orbit inhabitants is 10 folks:
As soon as on station, the trio will be a part of Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev, cosmonauts Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov of Roscosmos, in addition to NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins and ESA (European House Company) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Rubio, Prokopyev and Petelin will spend six months aboard the orbital laboratory.
Later, the ISS might be again to a seven-person crew by month’s finish, as three cosmonauts return to Russia. NASA stated:
Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov will return to Earth September 29 on the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft, which is at present docked on the area station, for a parachute-assisted touchdown on the Kazakh steppe.
Backside line: An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts at the moment are aboard the ISS after lifting off the morning of September 21, 2022.