New crew members from Expedition 54-55 who are set to fly aboard the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft to the International Space Station held a pre-launch conference in the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan on Saturday.
Among those departing to the ISS are Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Sergei Prokopiev, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai, NASA astronauts Scott Tingle... Еще and Jeanette J. Epps.
The astronauts and cosmonauts spoke overwhelmingly about how teamwork was key to their success, with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle describing the 20th anniversary of the ISS launch as a “true testimony to what we can do when we work together in the international community.”
When asked about whether they felt pressures as a result of Russian and US tensions, the crew members explained that political backgrounds became a “minor thing” aboard the ISS. Kanai explained that he saw his colleagues as “brothers and sisters, working together every day for the common goal.”
Russian Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov offered pearls of wisdom to aspiring cosmonauts, saying that any child can work their way into the squad through doing “sports, listening to parents, studying and setting a goal, which you should be committed to until the end.”
“It is not difficult”, as he put it. “If you really want to, you can fly into space.”
The astronauts are expected to carry out experiments across several fields of science in the Space laboratory.
On December 14, the three-man crew from Expedition 53 returned to Earth from the ISS aboard the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. The command of the station was handed over to Roscosmos's Alexander Misurkin who, along with NASA astronauts Mark Vende Hei and Joe Acaba, is continuing to operate the ISS until the arrival of new members on December 17.
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