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The spacecraft "Yu.A. Gagarin" with Khabarovsk on board successfully launched to the ISS

The spacecraft "Yu.A. Gagarin" with Khabarovsk on board successfully launched to the ISS
Photo: press service of Roscosmos

The Yu.A. Gagarin spacecraft with a Khabarovsk resident on board successfully launched to the ISS from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle launched the spacecraft into low-earth orbit.

According to Roskosmos, there are three cosmonauts on board the spacecraft: Oleg Novitsky, American Mark Vande Hai and Petr Dubrov, a Khabarovsk resident. This is the first flight for Dubrov.

The spacecraft will moor to the ISS in 3 hours 25 minutes after launch. During his expedition, Dubrov will have to go into outer space five times. It is expected that Novitsky will return to Earth in 191 days, and Dubrov and Wande Hai at the end of March 2022.

Khabarovsk resident Pyotr Dubrov got into the crew of the crew not from astronautics. He was a successful programmer in large companies, but then became interested in skydiving. Now he has 500 jumps, and in the discipline "group acrobatics" he fulfilled the standard of a candidate for master of sports at the Russian championship. He submitted the application for inclusion in the MSC crew himself, when the recruitment of all comers was announced. In October 2012, he was appointed as a candidate for test cosmonauts, and from July 2014 he became test cosmonaut the cosmonaut corps of Roskosmos.

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