The inauguration took place at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan.
The trio’s Soyuz capsule is expected to dock at 4:52 a.m. and from the space station, and the hatch between the space station and the capsule will open at 6:45 a.m. so they can enter the station.
This is the second spaceflight for Rubins and Ryzykov and the first for Kud-Sverkov, and they will spend six months on the space station.
Along with the ride is also Yuri, a little cosmon cos knitted by Olga, wife of Kud-Sverkov. It serves as the crew’s zero gravity indicator. Inevitably, once it starts to swim, the crew will notice that they have reached space. Each crew has to choose its own indicator according to NASA.
Rubins, Ryazikov and Kud-Sverkov will soon be briefly joined by NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner. Cassidy, Evanshin and Wagner will depart from the station using the Dedicated Soyuz capsule and return to Earth on October 21.
2nd time around
Rubins begins his second mission, starting on his birthday.
According to NASA, it will vote in the US presidential election from the space station. In fact, she has to vote from space for the second time. Rubin voted in the 2016 election during his first six months on the space station between July and October 2016.
But training and getting started during an epidemic is a new experience for Rubins – although she is comfortable with personal protective devices due to her “old life,” she told CNN in September. Before becoming an astronaut, she was a scientist who studied viral diseases, cancer biology, microbiology and immunology.
“I started preparing for this before the epidemic during general crew training.” “When NASA shut down, I learned to train remotely using video and software. I never thought I’d train for a spaceflight during an epidemic or train a spacewalk from my living room.”
Keeping their distance from each other and wearing masks, Rubins was finally able to train individually in Texas and Russia with his Russian crumates.
Returning to the space station will allow Rubins to check some items from his bucket list.
He was the first person to receive a DNA sequence in space in 2016 and hopes to continue his index research into new achievements by studying the space station’s microbiome or microbial environment.
“The space station has been separated from Earth for 20 years,” Rubins said. “How is it different? The space station has its own biome with its own resources, humans come and go. We have to see what this closed environment does after being apart for so long.”
Sequencing DNA can reveal a huge amount of information, Rubins said, so applying sequencing to the station’s microbiome can reveal a microbial picture of a space station – and how it differs from Earth. It’s a huge opportunity that won’t present itself again because nothing has ever been different from Earth for 20 years.
Rubins is eager to use the sequence to push the limits of what they can do on the space station, as well as to get involved in cell culture studies. Since staying at its previous station, the board has a new high-resolution microscope that can be used to study cells.
“At the moment, it’s all on my bucket list,” Rubins said. “Waiting a few years to come back, there’s a new tool at the station that will enable me to do all these things.”
Its next mission will include studying molecules using the Cold Atom Laboratory on the station, as well as a vascular experiment, which NASA said it investigated during its first spaceflight.
The goal of space
The 20th anniversary of the continuous human presence on the space station falls on November 1 during the start of Rubins’ second six-month mission.
“It’s very exciting – we’re at this wonderful time in the space station’s 20-year operation history.” “Within this highly capable rotation laboratory, we can conduct all kinds of experiments, including physics, particle and quantum mechanics, biological experiments, tissue-like organ printing, and all methods of human physiology.”
Rubins is also watching a video of astronauts’ behavior with students on Earth, which she refers to as “highlights on the station.” She hopes to connect remotely from classrooms and answer students ’questions.
“It’s amazing to have a human connection,” he said. “I know a lot of kids are struggling at home, so hopefully we can bring a little fun talking about space exploration.”
During their stay, these astronauts will also join the SpaceX Crew-1 flight, bringing the total number of astronauts on the station to seven.
The crew-1 will carry four more astronauts to the space station through the agency’s commercial crew program: NASA astronauts Victor Glover Jr., Michael Hopkins, Shannon Waker and Sochi Noguchi of Japan.
Crew-1 is undergoing a system investigation on Earth. It has more capabilities than Endeavor and will be able to dock at the top of the space station.
Currently, NASA is targeting early to mid-November.
This will allow SpaceX extra time to complete the observed data reviews and hardware testing of the Falcon 9 first stage engine gas generators. The agency said they demonstrated “off-the-nominal behavior” during a recent NASA non-mission mission effort.
“It would be incredible to have seven people on the space station,” Rubins said. “Designed to handle this. We’ve been preparing for this for the last few years by increasing the scrubbing of carbon dioxide and testing new technology for research. Seven morning crew members can allow us to revitalize the atmosphere and test new spacesuit components indeed.” It will increase the productivity of our science. “