At Baikonur the launch set rocket with the manned spacecraft «Soyuz»

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Carrier rocket «Soyuz-FG» with manned spacecraft «Soyuz MS-07» set on the first, «Gagarin» launching pad of Baikonur cosmodrome.

Launch is planned for December 17 at 10:21 GMT and docking with the International space station — December 19 at 11:42 GMT.

The ISS will go the astronaut of Roskosmos Anton shkaplerov, NASA astronaut Scott tingle and JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanae. In the second team approved by the Russian Sergey Prokopyev, the German Alexander Gerst and American Jeanette Epps.

Previously to the launch pad took out the booster with the docked vehicle from the integration building (MIK). In Micah, was held the Assembly of the system of emergency rescue of astronauts, and docking of the third stage of the rocket with the spacecraft «Soyuz MS-07» under a payload fairing. Then the third stage with a warhead was attached to the so-called «package» of the first and second stages of the rocket.

As with the preparation of the last manned flights, the security service and police at the launch site prevented attempts attending the export of missile Mick guests to put in and flatten out the lucky coins under the wheels of the locomotive pulling for a platform with a stacked booster.

Previously, Roskosmos reported that from April 2017 to the introduction of the Russian segment of the station for a new multipurpose laboratory module (MLM) «Nauka», the Russian crew of the ISS will be reduced from three to two. The decision was made to increase the efficiency of the ISS Russian segment, taking into account proposals of the parent organization for manned space complexes «RSC «Energia». However, to return to the three members of the Russian crew is expected in September 2018, after commissioning of the MLM.

Ship new modification of Soyuz MS is created as a result of deep modernization of «Soyuz TMA». It is designed to deliver crews to three people and associated cargo to the International space station and return them back to Earth. While on the ISS also functions as a rescue vehicle and is maintained in a constant «battle» of readiness for a rapid descent of the crew to Earth.

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