Monday, March 25, 2024

Expedition 71 Soyuz MS-25 Crew Arrival | International Space Station

Expedition 71 Soyuz MS-25 Crew Arrival | International Space Station

The Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft hatch was opened on March 25, 2024, at 1:26pm EDT. Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Russia and NASA astronaut Tracy C. Dyson begin a six-and-a-half-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS), while Belarusian cosmonaut Marina Vasilevskaya starts a short-term scientific mission. 

Vasilevskaya is the first citizen of Belarus in space.

Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest.

The arrival of three new crew members to the existing seven people already aboard for Expedition 70 temporarily increases the station’s population to 10.

Dyson, Novitskiy, and Vasilevskaya joined NASA astronauts Loral O’Hara, Matthew Dominick, Mike Barratt, and Jeanette Epps, as well as Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko, Nikolai Chub, and Alexander Grebenkin of Russia, already living and working aboard the space station.

Dyson will spend six months aboard the station as an Expedition 70 and 71 flight engineer, returning to Earth in September with Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub of Roscosmos (Russia), who will complete a year-long mission on the laboratory.

Novitskiy and Vasilevskaya will be aboard the station for 12 days, providing the ride home for O’Hara on Saturday, April 6, aboard Soyuz MS-24 for a parachute-assisted landing on steppe of Kazakhstan. O’Hara will have spent 204 days in space when she returns.

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.

Video Credit: NASA/Roscosmos

Acknowledgement: SciNews

Duration: 3 minutes

Release Date: March 25, 2024

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