Topic: International Space Station
- Russian carrier rocket moved to launch pad for ISS flight
- ISS orbit to be raised by 1.7 km - Mission Control
- Two astronauts successfully return to Earth from ISS
- Soyuz spacecraft with two astronauts undocks from ISS
- Russia could build extra Soyuz capsule for space tours
- Soyuz spacecraft carrying two astronauts lands successfully
Russia's Federal Space Agency gave final approval on Thursday to the crew of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), which will be launched on Friday.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Korniyenko and U.S. astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson are scheduled to take off from the Baikonur space center at 08:04 Moscow time (04:04 GMT) on Friday.
Their reserves - Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutayev, Andrei Borisenko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly - will remain on the ground.
The Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft will dock with the ISS on Sunday, where the crew will join Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, U.S. astronaut Timothy Creamer, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), April 1 (RIA Novosti)
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