Started on Sep 24, 2015
The next International Space Station crew are due to hold a press conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Thursday, September 24. The team comprises NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, ESA astronaut Timothy Peake and cosmonaut of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Yuri Malenchenko. They will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft on December 15.
Their arrival will increase the station’s crew to nine, including the one-year mission crew of NASA astronaut and station commander Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos.
Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and astronauts Kjell Lindgren of NASA and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will return to Earth on December 22 after concluding a five-month space station mission. Kopra, Peake and Malenchenko will return to Earth in May 2016 as part of the Expedition 47 crew.
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