Soyuz MS-09 launch cover. The cover was autographed by the “Soyuz MS-09” crew: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev; German astronaut Alexander Gerst and American astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor.
On June 6, 2018 at 11:12 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-09” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev (center), German astronaut Alexander Gerst (right) and American astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station on June 8. Prokopiev, Gerst and Auñón-Chancellor will join current ISS expedition
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On June 5, 2018 at 13:07 UTC the Chang Zheng-3A (Long March-3A) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited the “Fengyun-2H №9” (FY-2H) weather satellite.
On June 4, 2018 at 04:45 UTC the " Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbitedthe “SES-12” telecommunication satellite.
On June 3, 2018 at 12:39 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-07” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 55 – Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, American astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai (金井宣茂). They spent in space 168 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev; American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold remained in orbi
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On June 3, 2018 at 09:16 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-07” spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station to deliver to Earth the 3 members of Expedition 55 – Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, American astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai (金井宣茂).
On June 2, 2018, at 04:13 the “Long March –2D” (“Changzheng-2D”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the “Gaofen-6” Earth observation satellite and the “Luojia-1” experimental Earth-imaging nanosatellite.
On May 27, 2018 American astronaut Donald Herod Peterson, Sc. passed away. He was 84. He performed one space flight as a mission specialist on board space shuttle “Challenger” (STS-6 flight) in 1983. During the mission Donald Peterson performed a spacewalk.
On May 26, 2018 American astronaut Alan Lavern Bean passed away. He was 86. He was one of just 12 men to walk on the Moon. His death marks the passing of the last crew member who performed the second crewed flight to the Moon – Apollo 12.
On May 24, 2018, the American "Cygnus” (CRS OA-9E “S.S. J.R. Thompson”) private unmanned supply spacecraft was docked to the International Space Station (ISS). The Cygnus spacecraft was grappled by a robotic arm operated by astronauts inside the space station at 09:26 UTC. The cargo spacecraft was docked to the station’s "Unity” module at 12:13 UTC. The spacecraft delivered about 3300 kilograms of supplies to the Space Station. It was the 9th docking of a "Cygnus” spacecraft with the ISS.