September 28, 2018

On September 27, Baikonur hosted a ceremony of raising the flags of countries, participating in the launch of the  “Soyuz MS-10” spacecraft  to the International Space Station.

Members of the main and backup crews – Alexey Ovchinin, Nick Hague, Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques raised the flags of Russia, the United States and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The ceremony is a long-standing tradition and symbolizes the official start of the final stage of cosmonauts training for a manned flight.

Over the next two weeks, cosmonauts and astronauts will study on-board documentation, flight program and ballistics, conduct training on manual approaching and actions in emergency situations.

The launch of the “Soyuz-FG” carrier rocket with the “Soyuz MS-10” spacecraft  is scheduled for October 11 from site № 1 (Gagarinsky start).

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