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Main and backup crew of Soyuz MS-24 for ISS Expedition 70/71 recommended to commence training at Baikonur


In a significant step towards advancing space exploration, the Interdepartmental Qualification Commission at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center has convened to approve the readiness of the main and backup crews for the upcoming International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 70/71. The commission has not only confirmed their preparedness for spaceflight aboard the “Soyuz MS-24” spacecraft and their roles in the Russian segment of the ISS but has also recommended them to commence training at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The primary crew for ISS Expedition 70/71 comprises of Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolay Chub, alongside NASA astronaut Laurel O’Hara. The backup crew features Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Tracy Dyson.

The crews are set to embark on a pivotal mission, with the piloted launch of the “Soyuz MS-24” spacecraft scheduled for September 15, 2023, from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome. This endeavor marks a significant milestone in the ongoing exploration of space, demonstrating international collaboration and dedication to expanding humanity’s horizons.

With an anticipated mission duration of 375 days, the crews will engage in vital scientific research, technology testing, and other activities that contribute to the advancement of space science and exploration.

The recommendation by the Interdepartmental Qualification Commission underscores the meticulous preparation and rigorous training that space crews undergo to ensure their competence in handling the complexities of space travel and operations within the ISS environment.

The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, named after the legendary Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, plays a pivotal role in preparing astronauts and cosmonauts for their missions, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the challenges of space travel.

As the world eagerly awaits the launch of the “Soyuz MS-24” spacecraft, the upcoming ISS Expedition 70/71 holds the promise of furthering our understanding of space and fostering international collaboration in the pursuit of scientific discoveries and human progress.

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