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December 8, 2018

On December 7 at RSC "Energia" a complex experiment is being conducted at the ergonomic testing stand to simulate the activity of the crew of the prospective manned spacecraft "Federation" during a manned flight. The actions of the crew of three people (commander, co-pilot and scientist, who is responsible for the implementation of the scientific program on board) are managed by the virtual Mission Control Center. A series of experiments to assess the man-machine interface ofK "Federation" spaceship will last until the end of the year. Based on the data obtained, operational documentation will be developed for the flight tests of the new ship.

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December 5, 2018

Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague are preparing for a new space flight, which is scheduled for March 1, 2019. NASA astronaut Christina Koch also joined the training sessions of Alexey Ovchinin and Nick Hague.

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December 4, 2018

The crew members of the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft on December 3, 2018 at 22:38 Moscow time, went on board the International Space Station (ISS). Members of the ISS-58 Expedition consisting of Sergey Prokopyev (Roskosmos, Russia), Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos, Russia), Serena Auñón-Chancellor (NASA, USA), Anne McClain (NASA, USA), Alexander Gerst (ESA, Germany) and David Saint-Jacques (CSA, Canada) began work on board the station. The "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle with the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft, delivered the international crew to the ISS, was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on December 3, 2018 at 14:31 (Moscow time). The docking in the automatic mode was made at 20:33 (Moscow time) after the ship approached the station according to the four-turn scheme.

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December 3, 2018

The "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft successfully docked to the docking unit of the "Poisk" small research module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). The docking was made on December 3 at 20:33 Moscow time. The "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle with "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft was launched on December 3, 2018 at 14:31 (Moscow time). The spacecraft delivered to the ISS the participants of the long expedition ISS-58/59: the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos), the American astronaut Anne McClain (NASA) and the Canadian astronaut David St. Jacques (CSA).

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December 3, 2018

On December 3, 2018, at 14:31 (Moscow time), the "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle with the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft launched from launch complex № 1 (Gagarinsky start) at Baikonur cosmodrome. The docking of the ship with the station is scheduled for December 3, 2018 at 20:35 (Moscow time). Onboard the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft members of the ISS-58/59 long expedition:Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques.

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December 2, 2018

Today, on December 2, 2018, the traditional press conference of the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft was held at the Training Complex of GCTC at the Baikonur City. The cosmonauts and astronauts answered the journalists' questions and told about the plans of the upcoming expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), spacewalks and the super-abilities, needed in space. Earlier, the State Commission approved the crews of the ship. The Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, astronaut of the Canadian space agency David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain have joined the main crew of "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft. In accordance with the flight program of the International Space Station, on December 3, 2018 at 14:31 (Moscow time), the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the launch complex № 1 (Gagarinsky start) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The docking of the "Soyuz MS-11" with the station is planned to be carried out automatically, the docking of the ship with the station will be carried out after six hours, according to the “short” scheme, and will take place on 3 December.

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December 1, 2018

Today, on December 1, the carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" with manned spacecraft "Soyuz MS-11" was rolled-out from the assembly and testing facility and installed at the launch complex № 1 "Gagarinsky start" at the Baikonur cosmodrome. On December 2, on the meeting of the State Commission the crews will be approved, and then the cosmonauts and astronauts will answer questions from media representatives at a prelaunch press conference. The launch of the carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" with "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft is scheduled for 14:31 (Moscow time) on December 3.

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November 30, 2018

On the evening of November 29, the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft as part of the head unit was transported to the general assembly with the "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle in the assembly and testing complex at the site № 112 of the cosmodrome Baikonur. The launch of the "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle with "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft is scheduled for December 3, 2018, from the launch complex № 1 (Gagarinsky start) of the Baikonur cosmodrome. The main crew of the ISS-58/59 expedition is the Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain. Their backups are Roskosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan.

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November 30, 2018

The "Rokot" space rocket with the "Breeze-KM" upper stage, launched on November 30 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region, successfully delivered a spacecraft block into orbit in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. At the estimated time, the spacecraft was launched into the target orbit by the upper stage “Briz-KM” and accepted for control of ground-based facilities of the Russian Federation. "Rokot" light class rocket was created at Khrunichev State Research and Production Center on the basis of an intercontinental ballistic missile RS-18 and is designed to launch spacecraft weighting up to 1.95 tons in low near-earth orbits in the framework of federal and commercial programs. Today, the 29th launch of this carrier from the Plesetsk cosmodrome took place.

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November 29, 2018

On November 29, in accordance with the pre-launch preparation plan, the main and backup crews of the upcoming long-term expedition to the ISS conducted a second "fitting" - a control inspection of the spacecraft in launch configuration. After checking the ship, the crews went to the assembly shop of the RSC "Progress" branch to inspect the "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle, which on December 3, 2018 will launch the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft into orbit. The first "fitting" of the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft took place at the cosmodrome on November 20, during which the cosmonauts checked the tightness of spacesuits, familiarized themselves with the interior of the ship, including the placement of equipment.

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