ISS crew relocates Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft


On Friday afternoon, three Worldwide Area Station (ISS) astronauts will relocate the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft in preparation for the arrival of its subsequent crew members. 

The relocation will clear the Rassvet port for the docking of one other Soyuz automobile, generally known as Soyuz MS-18.

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Soyuz MS-18 will carry three Expedition 65 crew members on April 9, together with NASA’s Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov.

Expedition 64 Roscosmos astronauts Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, together with NASA Flight Engineer Kate Rubins, will undock from the Earth-facing port of the station’s Rassvet module at round 12:38 p.m. ET.

The Rassvet module is used for cargo storage and a few payload operations and hooked up to the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module.

They may dock once more on the space-facing Poisk port at roughly 1:07 p.m. ET.

This expedition marks the fifteenth total Soyuz port relocation and the primary since August of 2019. 

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Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are all slated to return to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-17 on April 17. 

Dwell protection of the relocating might be aired on NASA TV, the NASA app and the company’s web site.

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