Soyuz MS-18 arrives at the International Space Station


AA | Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 17:01 | Last Updated: 10 04 2021 – 17:03

Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, carrying two Russian and a NASA astronaut, docked at the International Space Station (UUI) 3 hours 23 minutes after launch from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Space Base.

Soyuz MS-18’s moment of docking to the Russian shuttle “Rassvet” on the ISI was broadcast live on the website of the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS).

Soyuz MS-18, named after Russian astronauts Oleg Noveskyi and Petr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hey, and Yuri Gagarin, the first person to enter space, was launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Space Base, thanks to its ultra-fast two-orbit flight plan. It reached the ISI in 23 minutes.

Thus, the number of astronauts operating in ISI increased from 7 to 10.

The team in question is planned to carry out nearly 50 scientific researches during their stay at ISI.

The launching ceremony of Soyuz MS-18, which took place today from Baikonur Space Base at 13.42 local time with the participation of Kazakhstan Prime Minister Askar Mamin and ROSCOSMOS General Manager Dmitryi Rogozin, was held on the eve of the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s launch into space.

Yuri Gagarin, the first human to land in space, was sent into space on April 12, 1961 from the Baikonur Space Base in Kazakhstan.