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22 March 2024, 18:35

State commission authorizes Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft launch on 23 March

BAIKONUR, 22 March (BelTA) – The state commission has decided in favor of launching a Soyuz-2 booster rocket on 23 March to deliver the Soyuz MS-25 manned crew transfer vehicle to the International Space Station, Roscosmos representatives told BelTA.

A session of the state commission took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 22 March. Participants of the session discussed results of the probe into the off-nominal situation, which had prevented the rocket’s launch the day before. After hearing out reports from those in charge of overseeing the work, the state commission greenlighted the rocket’s launch on the planned backup date – 23 March.

The Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft crewed by the Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, the Belarusian woman participant of the space flight Marina Vasilevskaya, and the NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson will reach the International Space Station using a two-day rendezvous scheme. The spacecraft is expected to dock with the ISS at 18:10 (Minsk time) on 25 March.

The return of Oleg Novitsky, Marina Vasilevskaya, and the NASA astronaut Loral O'Hara on board the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft is scheduled for 6 April.

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