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16 March 2024, 17:25

Vasilevskaya, Lenkova plant trees in Alley of Cosmonauts at Baikonur

MOSCOW, 16 March (BelTA) – Belarusian Marina Vasilevskaya and Anastasia Lenkova, who are members of the prime and backup crews of the upcoming space flight, planted trees in the Alley of Cosmonauts at Baikonur, BelTA learned from the press service of the Roscosmos State Corporation. 

"According to the long-standing tradition dating back to the first cosmonaut of the Earth, Yuri Gagarin, in the afternoon Oleg Novitsky, Marina Vasilevskaya, Tracy Dyson, Ivan Vagner, Anastasia Lenkova and Donald Pettit went to the Cosmonauts Alley. The cosmonauts and astronauts with flight experience on Russian manned spacecraft checked out their trees, while the participants of the space flight planted their trees and learned more about the tradition which started before the first expedition into orbit," Roscosmos said in a statement. 

The crew members of the Soyuz MS-25 manned spacecraft continue preparing for the upcoming space flight to the ISS at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft is scheduled to be launched by a Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle on 21 March. The main crew of Visiting Expedition 21 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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