The “Gagarin’s start”.
As part of the main crew of “Soyuz MS-08” the commander Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. Within the backup crew commander, the cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin NASA astronaut Nick Hague.
Earlier specialists of Roscosmos hosted export to the launch pad carrier rocket with the docked vehicle from the integration building (MIK). In Mika to the space head part was provided an emergency rescue system, and the headunit with the spacecraft “Soyuz MS-08” along with the third stage is docked with the so-called package booster.
It is noted that, as in preparation for previous manned flights, the security service and the police at Baikonur thwarted the attempts of attending the export of missile Mick guests to put in and flatten out the lucky coins under the wheels of the locomotive pulling for a platform with a stacked booster.
The spacecraft of the last modification of “Soyuz MS” is created in the result of deep modernization of the ship “Soyuz TMA”. It is designed to deliver crews to three people and associated cargo to the ISS and return to Earth. In addition, during their stay on the space station also performs the functions of a rescue vehicle and is maintained in a constant “battle” of readiness for a rapid descent of astronauts to Earth.
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