This afternoon, the subsequent spherical of astronauts are headed to the World Dwelling Jam, the same day because the Fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon touchdown. A 3-particular person crew — made up of NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano of the European Dwelling Company — are heading to living on top of a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan.
The trio will most doubtless be joining the three present individuals of the World Dwelling Jam — NASA astronauts Slash Hague and Christina Koch, besides to Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. All three were aboard since March, after they launched to the ISS. For Hague and Ovchinin, that day out used to be in actual fact their 2nd launch to the build, after their first flight ended in an emergency touchdown. For Koch, it’s her fist stick to it the ISS and it’s going to be a serious one. She’ll be staying on the build till February of 2020 which items her as a lot as atomize the file for longest trusty spaceflight by a lady.
Among the many new crew, Morgan is also slated for an prolonged preserve. His fellow crew individuals will most doubtless be coming support in February alongside with Koch, but Morgan will most doubtless be coming support within the spring of 2020, making his day out terminate to a yr prolonged. Most astronauts preserve honest six months on the ISS.
NASA has been lengthening the trips for a few of its ISS crews because the agency prepares to launch flying other folks on new vehicles over the subsequent yr. Since 2011, NASA has relied on the Russian Soyuz to switch other folks to and from the ISS, but quickly two business companies, SpaceX and Boeing, will launch flying NASA astronauts to the build. Those vehicles aren’t ready to fly other folks yet even though, and it’s doable they won’t be ready till early subsequent yr. Within the meantime, NASA has handiest a few seats left on future flights of Russia’s Soyuz automobile, meaning the agency will most doubtless be with out a lunge very quickly. Unless SpaceX and Boeing are up and working, NASA is defending its astronauts on the ISS a chunk longer than habitual to invent sure that the build continues to maintain US astronauts aboard.
Morgan and his crew mates are scheduled to purchase off at 12:28PM ET from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They’ll meet up with the ISS honest six hours after launch and dock spherical 6:50PM ET. About two hours after that, the spacecraft’s hatches will launch and the crew will most doubtless be greeted by their new roommates.
NASA’s coverage of the launch will launch at 11:30AM ET, and the display cloak will straight be adopted by remarks from Vice President Mike Pence, who is scheduled to give a speech in regards to the Apollo 11 anniversary at 1PM ET from NASA’s Kennedy Dwelling Center in Florida. Check support the next day to be conscious folks fly to living, 50 years after other folks first build foot on the Moon.