Russia: Soyuz MS-08 crews ready for March launch

«The main and backup crews are ready for launch on the manned transport spacecraft and have been approved to continue flight preparations at the Baikonur Cosmodrome,» said the Head of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre Pavel Vlasov at a press conference in Star City on Thursday. 'Roscosmos' Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev said that they are planning a spacewalk on August 8, which is «based on... Еще the ICARUS experiment”. The goal of the experiment is to monitor the ecological prints of wild birds and animals’ migration. The launch of 'Expedition 55' aboard the Soyuz MS-08 is expected to take place on March 21. The main crew consists of: Roscosmos Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. The backup crew consists of cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and astronaut Nick Hauge.

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