Cosmonaut Shkaplerov will meet for the third time in orbit New year and birthday

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoballoon of Roscosmos, the commander of TPK Soyuz MS-07, ISS flight engineer-54, ISS commander-55 Anton shkaplerov during the press-conference of participants of the ISS crew at the Baikonur cosmodrome. 16 Dec 2017Cosmonaut Shkaplerov will meet for the third time in orbit New year and birthday© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The commander of the new expedition to the International space station (ISS), Anton shkaplerov will celebrate in orbit for his birthday, he will be 46 years old and also the New year, he said on predalekoy press conference at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

«For the third time will celebrate a birthday in orbit, so I’m not used to. Looking forward to receiving the gifts from the Earth. This is usually a package that says «open 20 February.» Will the truck arrive, he brought us fresh fruit and vegetables, bonuses, and snacks. Of course, going to cover a festive table, brew some strong tea, and the earth will celebrate. Surely, I will get the gifts, I will be pulling ears. How old I am, as many times will pull, thank God, in zero gravity it’s not very hard and does not hurt», — he said.

In addition, Shkaplerov told journalists about the plans for the New year.

«This is my third flight, third time I will celebrate New year in orbit. Just a day we take 16 turns around the Earth and begin to celebrate the New year while flying over the Eastern Islands, the station at this time would be about ten hours. Then, as the crew of Norishige (Kanai) we’ll celebrate on Japanese time, then Moscow, when we’re closer to Europe», he concluded.
© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in Photobacterium JAXA Norishige Kanai, Roscosmos cosmonaut, the commander of TPK «Soyuz MS-07» Anton shkaplerov and NASA astronaut, flight engineer TPK «Soyuz MS-07» Scott tingle during the press-conference of participants of the ISS crew at the Baikonur cosmodrome. 16 Dec 2017Cosmonaut Shkaplerov will meet for the third time in orbit New year and birthday© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in Photobacterium JAXA Norishige Kanai, Roscosmos cosmonaut, the commander of TPK «Soyuz MS-07» Anton shkaplerov and NASA astronaut, flight engineer TPK «Soyuz MS-07» Scott tingle during the press-conference of participants of the ISS crew at the Baikonur cosmodrome. 16 Dec 2017

Earlier, the state Commission on Baikonur approved the crew of «Soyuz MS-07»: the crew — cosmonaut of the Roscosmos Anton shkaplerov, NASA astronaut Scott tingle and JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanae. Stand-ins approved by the cosmonaut of the Roscosmos Sergey Prokopiev, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.

The launch is scheduled for December 17 10: 21 MSK from «Gagarin’s start». Flight «Union» will be held at the two-day scheme. Docking with ISS is scheduled for December 19 11: 42 MSK in automatic mode.

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