Soyuz Rocket Sends New Crew to Space Station Launch Pad

Soyuz Rocket Sends New Crew to Space Station Launch Pad ...

The Soyuz rocket, which will bring three new crew members to the space station, is still at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan. Credit: Bill Ingalls

The Soyuz rocket, which will carry the next crew to the International Space Station (ISS), has returned to its launch pad and is counting down to its launch on Wednesday. The Expedition 67 crew studied telerobotics and fluid physics while preparing for the next crew arrival and crew departure next week.

Frank Rubio, a NASA astronaut, will land at 9:54 a.m. EDT (6:54 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, joining Soyuz MS-22 crew ship Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin, who are both on the way from Roscosmos. The three will sail to the Rassvet module less than three-and-a-half hours after departing from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six

View aerial photographs of the Soyuz rocket landing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Three astronauts who have been on the station since March 18 will return to Earth just over a week after the new crew's arrival. On Monday, they prepared their equipment for loading into the Soyuz MS-21 crew ship with Flight Engineers Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov, prepare their launch and descent gear for the trip back to Kazakhstan.

During the traditional Change of Command ceremony, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will take over as station commander. The leadership change will be shown live on NASA TV, the agency's app, and its website on September 28.

The service structure will be lowered around the Soyuz rocket on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Flight 68 astronaut Frank Rubio of NASA and cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin of Roscosmos will launch aboard their Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft on September 21.

Bob Hines, a NASA Flight Engineer, spent his day peering at foam samples inside the KERMIT microscope to observe characteristics only found in microgravity. The Foams and Emulsions investigation investigates how weightlessness influences microstructures and the dispersion of bubbles in liquid, posing a doorway to expanding commercial opportunities both on space and Earth.

Jessica Watkins, a NASA Flight Engineer, powered up the Surface Avatar laptop computer on Monday morning and studied a variety of techniques to control ground-based robots, also known as telerobotics, from a spacecraft. Watkins later participated in a cognition test that attempts to assess a crew member's capacity to perform robotic tasks in microgravity conditions.

Kjell Lindgren, a NASA Flight Engineer, was next to participate in the Behavioral Core Measures research that might inform future spacecraft and space habitat designs. Lindgren also spent the day on space station chores, including servicing US spacesuit parts and cleaning crew quarters. Cristoforetti also focused on lab maintenance, inspecting biology research gear and replacing parts on the station's toilet.

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