Russia: ISS Expedition 53-54 main and backup crews hold pre-flight training in Star City

The main and backup crews of Expedition 52-54 to the International Space Station (ISS) took part in pre-flight training exercises on Thursday at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Moscow Region. The main crew of the expedition is made up of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba, while the backup crew comprises Roscosmos... Еще cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronauts Scott Tingle and Shannon Walker. The launch of their Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft is scheduled for 13 September 2017 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. During their five-month mission the crew will perform various experiments in biology, physical science and biotechnology on board the Space Station. The astronauts will return to Earth in March 2018.
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