Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Russian Soyuz MS-24 Spacecraft Arrival & Docking | International Space Station

Russian Soyuz MS-24 Spacecraft Arrival & Docking | International Space Station

The Russian Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft (center) can be seen docked to the International Space Station . At far left is the Soyuz MS-23 crew ship, docked to the Prichal docking module, that will return NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin back to Earth on Sept. 27.
The Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft carrying three crew members approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Rassvet module.

The Russian Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft that carried NASA astronaut Loral O'Hara and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub of Russia to the International Space Station is cuurently docked to the Rassvet module. Nearly three-and-half hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 15, 2023, NASA astronaut Loral O'Hara along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub, opened the Soyuz hatch, and entered the station to begin their space research mission.

O’Hara will spend six months aboard the orbital laboratory, while Kononenko and Chub will both spend one year on the orbital outpost.

This represents the first spaceflight for O'Hara and Chub. Mission commander Kononenko is on his fifth trip to the International Space Station.

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Expedition 69 Crew (September 2023)
Station Commander: Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos (Russia)
Roscosmos (Russia): Flight Engineers Dmitri Petelin, Konstantin Borisov
European Space Agency: Flight Engineer Andreas Mogensen (Denmark)
JAXA: Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa (Japan)
NASA: Flight Engineers Frank Rubio, Jasmin Moghbeli, Loral O'Hara (USA)

An international partnership of space agencies provides and operates the elements of the International Space Station (ISS). The principals are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The ISS has been the most politically complex space exploration program ever undertaken.

Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Image Capture Date: Sept. 18, 2023

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