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19 March 2024, 11:19

Lukashenko to videoconference with cosmonauts Novitsky, Vasilevskaya

MINSK, 19 March (BelTA) - On 19 March, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko will hold a videoconference call with members of the prime crew of Expedition 21 to the International Space Station Oleg Novitsky and Marina Vasilevskaya, BelTA has learned.

Belarusian Marina Vasilevskaya is a participant in a space flight to the ISS. She is a member of the prime crew of the ISS Visiting Expedition 21 together with Roscosmos cosmonaut, crew commander Oleg Novitsky, who is a native of Belarus, and NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson. 

The launch of the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft is scheduled for 21 March, 16:21 Moscow time. Docking with the ISS is expected three hours after the launch start. 

During the flight, the Belarusian flight participant will carry out a scientific program developed by the National Academy of Sciences together with Roscosmos and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Scientific research will focus on biology, physiology, autonomous operation of space stations, remote sensing of the Earth using Belarusian-made photo and video spectral equipment located on the ISS. Lactoferrin and probiotics produced by scientific organizations of the National Academy of Sciences will also be studied for their subsequent possible use in the creation of food products for astronauts. 

Maria Vasilevskaya was born in 1990 in Minsk. From 2017 to 2023 she worked as a flight attendant for Belavia air carrier. In 2022, she passed the national selection, was cleared by the chief medical commission of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Research and Test Center and approved as the main participant in the flight to the ISS from Belarus.

Oleg Novitsky is a cosmonaut, a native of Belarus. He flew to space in 2012, 2016 and 2021. He spent a total of 531 days in space and 22 hours in outer space.
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