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Image Credit: Oleg Novitskiy.

Soyuz MS-19 arrives at the ISS after two orbits around the planet

The Russian Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft and its three-person crew, consisting of the veteran Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, the actress Yulia Peresild and the movie director Klim Shipenko, have safely arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) after two orbits around Earth.

The cosmonaut and the two Russian spaceflight participants blasted off from the planet from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket at 08:55 UTC / 13:55 QYZT (local time) on October 05, 2021. After around 8 minutes and 45 seconds, Soyuz MS-19 separated from the launch vehicle’s Blok-I third stage and began its 3 1/2 hours long trip to the orbital laboratory.

Soyuz MS-19 blasts off atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket. Image Credit: NASA TV.
Soyuz MS-19 blasts off atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket. Image Credit: NASA TV.

Two orbits later, the spacecraft rendezvoused and docked to the ISS’ Rassvet module’s Earth-facing docking port at 12:22 UTC. The visiting vehicle was originally supposed to dock autonomously to Rassvet, the KURS rendezvous system, normally responsible for this taks, however failed about 70 m away from the station. Anton Shkaplerov then took over control and docked the Soyuz manually to Rassvet.

Soyuz MS-19 approaches the ISS. Image Credit: Oleg Novitskiy.
Soyuz MS-19 approaches the ISS. Image Credit: Oleg Novitskiy.

Ahead of the spacecraft’s arrival, the Soyuz MS-18 was relocated by its crew on September 28, from Rassvet to the Russian Nauka laboratory module, to free the port for Soyuz MS-19.

The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the International Space Station was opened at 15:00 UTC, about 3 1/2 hours after the docking. Shkaplerov, Peresild and Shipenko then joined the seven-person crew of astronauts and cosmonauts currently onboard the orbital laboratory, increasing the number of residents to ten.

Over the next 1 1/2 weeks, Peresild and Shipenko, together with the Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitskiy, will shoot several scenes for the Russian movie “The Challenge”.

While Shkaplerov will remain onboard the orbital laboratory for several months until March 2022, Peresild and Shipenko will return back to the planet after about 12 days in space. The two will depart the station on October 17 onboard Soyuz MS-18, together with the spacecraft’s commander Oleg Novitskiy. The other two members of Novitskiy’s crew, cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, will return to Earth in March with Soyuz MS-19.


Sources:

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2021/10/05/russian-trio-in-orbit-racing-to-station-this-morning/

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2021/10/05/russian-soyuz-trio-meets-expedition-65-crew/

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2021/10/05/russian-soyuz-crew-docks-to-station-hatches-open-soon/

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