The manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-11 delivered crewmembers of a new long-term expedition to the ISS, TASS reports citing Roscosmos and the Mission Control Center.
On Monday, December 3, at 8:33 p.m. Moscow time Soyuz MS-11 automatically docked to the Russian Poisk module after a six-hour orbital flight. When the seals of the docking port were checked and pressure in the spaceship and the station was equalized, the crew opened the spacecraft’s hatch and entered the ISS at 10:38 p.m.
The new long-term expedition ISS-58/59 includes Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, and astronaut of the Canadian Space Agency David Saint-Jacques. They will work together with Sergei Prokopiev (Roscosmos), Serena Auñón-Chancellor (NASA), and Alexander Gerst (ESA).
The crew will spend 194 days in orbit. During this period, they will carry out a lot of operations and 48 scientific experiments. In the first half of December, Kononenko and Prokopiev will make a spacewalk to inspect a hole in the docked spacecraft Soyuz MS-09. The hole was discovered in August and sealed with epoxy resin.