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Two New ISS Crew Members Launch and Dock, Apr 2017, Kazakhstan

20-Apr-2017 through 20-Apr-2017

Two new crew members will launch and dock to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 20, 2017.  Their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft will take the abbreviated (four-orbit, 6 hour) rendezvous trajectory to ISS.   They are:
  • NASA astronaut Jack Fischer
  • Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin

Russia has decided to reduce its usual ISS crew complement from three to two to reduce resupply requirements and therefore the number of Progress cargo missions needed each year.  Hence there are only two people aboard this Soyuz instead of the typical three.  They will join three ISS crew members already aboard (one American, one Russian, one European).

Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is at 3:13 am ET (NASA TV coverage begins 2:15 am ET) and docking is at 9:23 am ET (NASA TV coverage begins 8:30 am ET).