At the Baikonur cosmodrome the final stage of preparation of the crews of the 58/59 long expedition to the International Space Station began (main crew – Roskosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the backup crew -Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan).
Yesterday, in accordance with the training schedule, cosmonauts and astronauts arrived at the assembly and test building of the 254th spaceport site for the first training session (“fitting”) in the “Soyuz MS-11″ spacecraft.
During the pre-launch training, the crews underwent general training on safety measures and checked their suits for tightness.
Under the supervision of specialists, the main and backup crews checked the equipment with which they will work in space.
Today in the Testing Training Complex of the GCTC at the 17th site of the cosmodrome will be held the flag-raising ceremony of the participating countries of the “Soyuz MS-11″ launch program.