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Expedition 50-51 Launches to International Space Station

Expedition 50-51 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency launc...

Proxima liftoff

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Roscosmos commander Oleg Novitsky were launched to the International Space Station on 17 Novem...

Soyuz MS-03

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Human Exploration

Low Earth Orbit 1/5 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-03 begins expedition 50 by carrying NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy to the International Space Station. After launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, they will rendezvous to the station where they will remain for their 6 month stay.

Soyuz

Family: Soyuz-U
Configuration: FG

The Soyuz FG rocket is an expendable launch vehicle most commonly known for carrying humans to the International Space Station today.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    49.5 m
  • Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    310000 T
  • Thrust
Family
  • Name
    Soyuz
  • Family
    Soyuz-U
  • Variant
    FG
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Soyuz FG
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    6450 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    4500 kg

Soyuz MS-03


Active Human Rated Crew On-board: 3 Crew Capacity: 3
Destination: International Space Station
Serial Number: Soyuz MS 11F732A48 #733

Soyuz MS-03 was a Soyuz spaceflight launched on 17 November 2016. It transported three members of the Expedition 50 crew to the International Space Station. The crew consisted of Oleg Novitskiy, Thomas Pesquet, and Peggy A. Whitson.

Soyuz Details

Crew


Peggy Whitson

Flight Engineer - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Feb. 9, 1960
Age: 60

Oleg Novitskiy

Commander - Russian - (RFSA)

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Oct. 12, 1971
Age: 49

Thomas Pesquet

Flight Engineer - French - (ESA)

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Feb. 27, 1978
Age: 42

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

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Administrator: Dmitry Rogozin Founded: 1992 Successes: 341 Failures: 24 Pending: 18

Agency Type: Government

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.

INFO WIKI

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Pad: 1/5


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17 hours, 2 minutes ago
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2 weeks, 3 days ago
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SpaceX's first operational flight of manned Dragon 2 vehicle.


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