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The rocket with the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft was placed on the Baikonur launch pad

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, March 18 Soyuz launch vehicle 2.1a” with the manned transport spacecraft “Soyuz MS-25”, on which a Russian, a Belarusian and an American will fly to the ISS, was installed on the launch pad No. 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the correspondent reports.
After installing the rocket in a vertical position at the launch complex, Roscosmos specialists continued preparing it for launch.

The main crew of the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft includes Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, space flight participant from Belarus Marina Vasilevskaya and American Tracy Dyson. The backup crew includes Russian Ivan Vagner, Belarusian Anastasia Lenkova and American astronaut Donald Pettit.

Vasilevskaya should become the first female cosmonaut in the history of independent Belarus.
The rocket launch is scheduled for March 21. Novitsky and Vasilevskaya will spend 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth on the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft, now docked to the station, along with the American Loral O'Hara, who arrived on it on September 15, 2023. Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub who arrived with her will spend more than a year at the station and return with Dyson on the Soyuz MS-25.
The launch of the spacecraft will be dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of the planet’s first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, and a corresponding poster will be pasted onto the rocket’s head fairing.
Yuri Gagarin was born on March 9, 1934 in the village of Klushino, Gzhatsky (now Gagarinsky) district, Smolensk region of the RSFSR.

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