The Soyuz MS-18 rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying three Expedition 65 crew members to the space station last year. Credit: NASA
Today, September 21, NASA will provide live coverage of key events as a NASA astronaut and two cosmonauts launch and dock to the International Space Station (ISS). They will spend six months on the orbital lab.
Frank Rubio and Roscosmos astronauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin will launch aboard the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:54 a.m. EDT (6:54 a.m. PDT) Wednesday, September 21 (6:54 p.m. Baikonur time). Coverage will begin at 9 a.m. EDT (6:54 p.m. PDT) on NASA Television
Beginning at 7 a.m., NASA will broadcast continuous coverage of an Artemis I tanking experiment on NASA TV's Media Channel.
NASA astronaut Frank Rubio performs preflight checks in the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 21. Prokopyev and Petelin are scheduled to take part in a six-month mission on the International Space Station.
The launch of the Soyuz MS-22 and key moments as well as coverage of the Artemis I tanking test will be available for free online at:
The Soyuz will dock to the Rassvet module at 1:11 p.m. About two hours after docking, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the crew members will greet each other.
After joining Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev, Roscosmonauts Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov, and NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will spend six months aboard the orbital laboratory.
Prokopyev's second space trip will be for Rubio and Petelin, the first of the pair.
The mission is as follows (all times Eastern Time Zone):
Wednesday, September 21, is the 21st of September.
- 9 a.m. – Coverage begins on NASA TV’s Public Channel for 9:54 a.m. launch.
- 12:15 p.m. – Coverage begins on NASA TV’s Public Channel for 1:11 p.m. docking.
- 3:30 p.m. – Coverage begins on NASA TV for hatch opening and welcome remarks.