Russia: Soyuz MS-08 crew says goodbye to families ahead of ISS 55/56 Expedition

Crew members of Soyuz MS-08, Russian Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and American NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold said goodbye to their families and relatives on Sunday, at the send-off ceremony of the Soyuz MS-08, ahead of the ISS 55/56 Expedition. Having hugged their loved ones and talked to journalists, the main and back-up ISS 55/56 Expedition crews got on the bus en... Еще route to Baikonur Cosmodrome to carry on with the pre-flight trainings. «Zabivaka [the 2018 FIFA World Cup's official mascot] will be, of course, our gravity-indicator as well as the soccer ball which we tested just three days ago,» said commander of ISS 55/56 Expedition Oleg Artemyev. He added that the crew's common code will be «Hawaii.» «We chose quite a common code name, a gag one, so to speak. That is Hawaii. It settled into our [team]», Artemyev explained. The Soyuz MS-08 aircraft is scheduled to head for the ISS on March 21st 2018.

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