October 12, 2020

On October 11, Soyuz-2.1a booster was rolled out from the integration building and installed onto the launchpad #31. On October 14 the booster will insert into the orbit Soyuz MS-17 manned vehicle with an international crew comprising Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins.

Back-up crew members Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei traditionally watched the roll-out. Prime crew family members and mass media representatives generally also watched the roll-out and installation but this time due to unstable epidemiological situation their visit to Baikonur was cancelled.

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