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06 March 2024, 11:46

Novitsky: I am confident in the 21st visiting expedition crew

ZVYOZDNY GORODOK, 6 March (BelTA) – The crew of the 21st visiting expedition to the International Space Station is both trustworthy and very beautiful, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky told the media on 6 March, BelTA has learned.

“The management wished us routine operations. It was great to see so many people at an official breakfast before departure to Baikonur. We expressed words of gratitude to everyone for the preparation and such a heartwarming farewell ceremony,” Oleg Novitsky said.

The cosmonaut also paid attention to the crew members naming them trustworthy. “The crew is worth of trust and very beautiful,” he added. On the eve of International Women's Day, Oleg Novitsky wished the beautiful half of humanity the same mood as the girls of the crew of the 21st visiting expedition.

NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson noted that she was very proud to get training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Center and become part of the crew. “Excellent training of cosmonauts and astronauts is organized here. I am happy to represent NASA in this mission,” the astronaut said.

A reminder, the Cosmonaut Training Center hosted a farewell ceremony for the main and backup crews of the 21st visiting expedition to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Taking part in the ceremony were family members and close relatives of the cosmonauts.

The main crew of the 21st visiting expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) includes Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, Belarus’ Marina Vasilevskaya and NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson.

The backup crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonaut Ivan Vagner, Belarusian space flight participant Anastasia Lenkova and NASA astronaut Donald Pettit.

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