NASA television coverage of the launch of a manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin is underway. The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft will launch at 9:54 am EDT (6:54 pm Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch and docking activities will be broadcast live on NASA Television’s public channel NASA appand that of the agency website.
After a two-hour journey around the Earth, the Soyuz will dock with the space station’s Rassvet module at 1:11 p.m. About two hours after docking, the hatches between the Soyuz and the station open and the crew members greet each other.
On board the station, the trio will join Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev, Roscosmos cosmonauts Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov, as well as NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (European Space Agency). .
Rubio, Prokopyev and Petelin will spend six months aboard the orbital laboratory. This will be Prokopyev’s second flight into space and the first for Rubio and Petelin.
While NASA airs coverage of the launch, rendezvous, docking and hatch opening of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft on NASA television sets Publicity Channel, a simultaneous Artemis I cryogenic demonstration test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will only be broadcast on the media Channel. At all other times, the test will be broadcast on both public and media channels.
Soyuz-22 mission coverage is as follows (all times East):
Wednesday 21 Sept
9:00 am – Coverage begins on the NASA TV public channel for the 9:54 am launch.
12:15 p.m. – Coverage begins at 1:11 p.m. on NASA TV’s public channel.
3:30 p.m. – NASA TV coverage begins with hatch opening and greetings.
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