Russia: Expedition 61/62 crew begin final exams ahead of September launch to ISS

The main and substitute crews of International Space Station (ISS) expedition 61/62 began complex final examinations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City in Moscow on Thursday. «It is really difficult to believe sometimes that we are here now, following his [Russian Cosmonaut Yury Gagarin] footsteps. It is really a great honour. It has been a very intense year and a half, we... Еще found a very condense training program, lots of changes in a very dynamic pace on the space station,» NASA astronaut Jessica Meir said when speaking to the press. She went on to say that the training over the past year and a half has been «intense.» «We are ready to go. We know that we are ready to fly now,» Meir concluded. The main crew is comprised of Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Skrypochka, US Astronaut Jessica Meir and the first Astronaut of the United Arab Emirates, Hazza al-Mansuri. The launch of Soyuz MS-15 is reportedly scheduled on September 25th.

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