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Hatches Open, 10 Crew Members Occupying Station

The newly-expanded 10-member station crew gathers within the Zvezda service module for a welcoming ceremony with relations and mission officers on Earth. Credit score: NASA TV

The hatches between the Worldwide Area Station and the newly arrived Soyuz spacecraft formally opened at 9:20 a.m. EDT as they flew 270 miles above the South Pacific. The arrival of three new crew members to the prevailing seven folks already aboard for Expedition 64 quickly will increase the station’s inhabitants to 10.

They’ve arrived on three totally different spacecraft. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian house company Roscosmos arrived on the Soyuz MS-18 after a two-orbit, three-hour flight following their launch from Kazakhstan at 3:42 a.m. NASA Flight Engineer arrived on the station with Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos aboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft . NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, , and Shannon Walker, in addition to Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, have been aboard since arriving November 16, 2020, on the .

Expedition 65 begins Friday, April 16, with the departure of Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov. Ryzhikov will hand command of the station to Walker throughout a ceremony with all crew members that’s scheduled for 3:45 p.m. April 15, and can air dwell on NASA Tv, the , and the company’s .

The Expedition 65 crew will proceed greater than 20 years of steady human presence aboard the station, conducting analysis in know-how improvement, Earth science, biology, human analysis and extra. Analysis carried out in microgravity helps NASA put together for long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars, and contributes to enhancements for all times on Earth. Observe Vande Hei on throughout his mission.

That is the second spaceflight for Vande Hei, the third for Novitskiy, and the primary for Dubrov, who turns into the 243rd particular person to go to the distinctive microgravity laboratory that has hosted practically 3,000 analysis investigations from researchers in 108 international locations and areas.

Throughout Expedition 65, the arrival of Crew-2 aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon will carry 4 extra members to the Worldwide Area Station. Crew-2 is at present scheduled for launch on Earth Day, April 22. Crew-1, the primary long-duration business crew mission, will return to Earth on April 28.

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