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At the Cosmonaut Training Center. Yu.A. Gagarin @gctc_official a meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission took place, which summed up the results of the crews’ readiness to perform a flight on the Soyuz MS and the Russian segment of the ISS under the programs of the 65th and 66th expeditions

At the Cosmonaut Training Center. Yu.A. Gagarin @gctc_official a meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission took place, which summed up the results of the crews’ readiness to perform a flight on the Soyuz MS and the Russian segment of the ISS under the programs of the 65th and 66th expeditions.

Examination complex trainings passed with excellent marks: the main and backup crews are ready for the flight program.

Prime Crew:

Oleg Novitskiy @novitskiy_iss / cosmonaut of Roscosmos / – Commander of the Soyuz MS TPK, Commander of the ISS-65;
Pyotr Dubrov / Roskosmos cosmonaut / – flight engineer of TPK Soyuz MS, flight engineer of ISS-65/66;
Mark T. Vande Hei (Twitter Astro_Sabot) / NASA astronaut / – flight engineer-2 TPK Soyuz MS, flight engineer ISS-65/66.

Back-up crew:

Anton Shkaplerov @anton_astrey / Roskosmos cosmonaut / – Commander of the Soyuz MS TPK, ISS flight engineer;
Oleg Artemyev @olegmks / cosmonaut of Roscosmos / – flight engineer of TPK Soyuz MS, flight engineer of the ISS;
Anne McClain (Twitter AstroAnnimal) / NASA astronaut / – Flight engineer-2 TPK Soyuz MS, flight engineer of the ISS.

Ahead is the final stage of prelaunch preparation at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

The launch of the Soyuz MS-18 is scheduled for April 9, 2021.

This will be the third flight for Oleg Novitsky, and the second for Mark Vande Hei. Peter Dubrov will go into orbit for the first time.