Russian Soyuz MS-24 Spacecraft Docks with International Space Station
The Russian Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft docked with the Rassvet module (MIM-1), the Russian part of the International Space Station, after its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with a group of cosmonauts on board.
Live Broadcast of the Docking
This was done during a live broadcast conducted by Roscosmos, and the head of the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps, Oleg Kononenko, appeared, who will become TASS’s fourth special correspondent in space orbit, in addition to cosmonaut Nikolai Chub and female NASA cosmonaut Laurel O’Hara.
O’Hare plans to return to Earth in the spring of 2024 aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft, while Kononenko and Chubb’s mission to the ISS will last until September 2024, after which they will return to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft.
Expedition and Experiments
As part of the annual expedition, Kononenko should become the first person to spend more than 1,000 days in space.
In addition to the astronauts, the ship delivered about 120 kilograms of payload to the station, including photo and video equipment, on-board documents, rations, personal belongings of the astronauts, and equipment for scientific experiments.
In total, during the flight, the Russian program plans to conduct 70 experiments and 4 spacewalks.