International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 60-61 main and back up crew hold a pre-flight press conference in Star City on Friday.
The main crew consists of cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, NASA astronaut Drew Morgan and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.
Russia's Skvortsov expressed confidence on the team, saying that the long training has moulded them «a single... Еще organism.»
«We have passed our complex exams successfully but I am even proud to say that we have passed them brilliantly.»
Speaking about the upcoming mission, NASA’s Andrew Morgan noted that one of the things that makes their mission unique is launching in the 50th anniversary of the first human Moon landing.
«This is just a tremendous way for us to serve in a very broad capacity and so, it's very exciting to be participating in a mission this unique,» he added.
The trio are scheduled to launch to the ISS on from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 20.