On Sunday, September 18, 2022, the service structure was lowered into position near the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, and Roscosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin are scheduled to launch aboard their Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft on September 21.
Three new crew members are scheduled to depart today, Wednesday, September 21. Meanwhile, Expedition 67 astronauts continue studying a wide variety of microgravity phenomena that will benefit humans on and off the Earth.
Frank Rubio and Roscosmos astronauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin will launch on the Soyuz MS-22 rocket for their trip to the earth's first observation station on Wednesday and dock to the Rassvet module less than three-and-a-half hours later. The launch will be broadcast live on NASA TV, the app, and its website beginning at 9 a.m. PDT.
The Soyuz rocket has been raised vertical following its arrival at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday, September 18, 2022. NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, and Roscosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin are scheduled to launch aboard their Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft on September 21.
Three astronauts who have been living in space since March 18 are scheduled to board the Soyuz MS-21 crew ship and return to Earth just over a week later. It will take off from the Prichal module and land in Kazakhstan, where it will prepare for the six-month-long orbital journey.
Samantha Cristoforetti, an ESA astronaut, will take over as station commander before he steps down next week at 9:35 a.m. on September 28.
Samantha Cristoforetti, an ESA astronaut, points at the Dragon spacecraft she just encountered on April 17, 2015, with the 16m-long International Space Station robotic arm. Credit: ESA/NASA
On Tuesday, the astronauts spent the whole day exploring biology, botany, physics, and robotics.
Jessica Watkins, a NASA Flight Engineer, scanned her arteries with an ultrasound scanner on Tuesday to assess the effects of space radiation on the body. Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Bob Hines planted vegetables for the XROOTS botany study that investigates using hydroponic and aeroponic techniques to grow crops in space.
Lastly, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tested using a smartphone device to guide and control Astrobee robotic free-flyers while assisting crews with scientific operations.