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July 1, 2019

On June 28, 2019, after the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission and the pre-flight press conference, the main crew (Alexander Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan) and the back-up crew (Sergey Ryzhikov, Thomas Marshburn and Soichi Noguchi) of the ISS-60/61 visited memorable places, associated with the history of the cosmonautics. The cosmonauts and astronauts laid flowers and paid tribute to the chief designer of the spacecrafts Sergey Korolev, the discoverer of the space Yuri Gagarin and other cosmonauts, buried in the necropolis near the Kremlin wall.

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July 1, 2019

At the Baikonur cosmodrome intensive works continues on the upcoming launches of spacecrafts to the International Space Station (ISS), which are scheduled before the end of this summer. In the Assembly and Testing building of the launch vehicles the mechanical assembly of the “package” (first and second stages parts) of the "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicle was completed. In parallel, the next spaceship "Soyuz MS-14" is being prepared for launch.

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June 28, 2019

Today, on June 28, 2019, a meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission was held at the GCTC, which summarized the readiness for the space flight of the main and backup crews of the ISS-60/61. According to the commission, the crews of the 60 / 61st long expedition to the International Space Station are ready for the flight on the "Soyuz MS-13" spacecraft and the Russian segment of the ISS and recommended to begin preparations at the Baikonur cosmodrome. The launch of the "Soyuz MS-13" spacecraft is scheduled for July 20, 2019.

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June 28, 2019

Today, on June 28, 2019, specialists of Roscosmos enterprises, using a transborder gallery, transported the space head part, assembled the day before, to the Assembly and Testing facility of the launch vehicle. In the Assembly hall, the joint team of specialists in accordance with the complex schedule performed the assembly of the head part with the third stage of the carrier. Launch is scheduled for July 5, 2019.

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June 28, 2019

On June 27, 2019, in the GCTC the complex examination and training sessions of the main and backup crews of the 60/61long expedition to the ISS were completed. On June 28 at the GCTC will be a meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission, which will evaluate the results of complex examinations and will decide on the further steps of the crew preparation for space flight. Crews departure to Baikonur is scheduled for July 4th.

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June 25, 2019

The crew of the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft, undocked today from the International Space Station (ISS), safely returned to Earth. The landing capsule with cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain landed on June 25, 2019 at 05:48 (Moscow time).

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June 24, 2019

The work of the 59th long expedition is being completed at the International Space Station (ISS). The crew members of the "Soyuz MS-11" spacecraft - Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain are preparing to return to Earth. The closing of the access hatches between the "Soyuz MS-11" and the ISS is scheduled at 23:10 (Moscow time) on June 24, undocking - at 02:25 (Moscow time) on June 25 and landing of the descent vehicle - at 05:49 (Moscow time) in 148 km south-east of Zhezkazgan (Kazakhstan).

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June 23, 2019

At the "Vostochny" cosmodrome, the planned preparation for the upcoming launch continues. At the refueling station, the specialists of the "Vostochny" Space Center (“TSENKI” company branch) completed filling the upper stage “Fregat” with fuel components. The launch of the "Soyuz-2.1b" launch vehicle with the "Fregat" upper stage and the Russian "Meteor-M" № 2-2 meteorological satellite and the associated payload is scheduled for July 5, 2019.

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June 23, 2019

This week, the “Typical Flying Day” training was performed by the main and backup crews (main crew - Roskosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan; backup crew - Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov, NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi) . On June 21, “Typical Flight Day” training was successfully passed by the main crew of the ISS-60/61, and on June 19 - their backups.

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June 21, 2019

"Proton-M" launch postponed. The State Commission decided to postpone the launch decision to the backup date.

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