Russia: ISS Expedition 59-60 crew undergoes pre-flight training in Star City

Published on 20 Feb 2019, 10:43
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International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 59-60 crew began pre-spaceflight training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City on Wednesday.

The main crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and two NASA astronauts, Christina Koch and Nick Hague.

The trio discussed the upcoming expedition briefly before entering the training Soyuz module.

NASA astronaut Hague said that the crew has "spent the better part of the last two and a half years preparing for the unexpected, so it is a big debt of gratitude to the specialists here at the training centre."

His American colleague Koch added "this crew has proven themselves to not only be very experienced and prepared, but also heroes."

Ovchinin and Hague were supposed to arrive to the ISS already in October, but failed to reach the station due to the failure of the propelling rocket Soyuz-FG carrying their Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft.

The Expedition 59-60 is scheduled to launch to the ISS from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 14.

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