The hatches between the Worldwide Area Station and the newly arrived Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft formally opened at 3:34 p.m. EDT. The arrival of three new crew members to the prevailing seven folks already aboard for Expedition 67 briefly will increase the station’s inhabitants to 10.
NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin joined Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev, cosmonauts Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov of Roscosmos, in addition to NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, and ESA (European Area Company) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Rubio, Prokopyev, and Petelin will spend six months aboard the orbital laboratory.
Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov will return to Earth Sept. 29 on the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft, which is presently docked on the area station, for a parachute-assisted touchdown on the Kazakh steppe.
Expedition 67 astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins of NASA and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Area Company) have been aboard since arriving April 27, 2022, on the SpaceX Dragon Freedom. Freedom and its crew are presently deliberate to return early-to-mid October.
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