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The Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft with the new ISS crew entered orbit

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, March 23The Soyuz-2.1a rocket launched into low-Earth orbit the Soyuz MS-25 ship with the first space flight participant from Belarus Marina Vasilevskaya, Russian Oleg Novitsky and American Tracy Dyson flying to the International Space Station, a correspondent reported.
“There is a section of the Soyuz MS-25 manned transport spacecraft. The Soyuz MS-25 manned transport spacecraft was launched into orbit of an artificial Earth satellite,” said the launch commentator on the observation deck.

The rocket took off at 15:36 Moscow time from the 31st launch pad of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The crew of the Soyuz MS-25 included Russian Oleg Novitsky, Belarusian Marina Vasilevskaya and American Tracy Dyson. Vasilevskaya should become the first woman in the history of independent Belarus to go into space.
Initially, the launch of the ship was planned for 16.21 Moscow time on March 21 from Baikonur. The automation canceled the flight right before takeoff, when the crew was already in the ship. The cause was a voltage drop in the chemical current source. The start was postponed to Saturday.
Due to ballistic conditions, it will not be possible to carry out an ultra-short flight and dock the spacecraft to the ISS a little over three hours after launch, as was planned for the launch on March 21. It is expected that the Soyuz MS-25 will fly according to a standard flight pattern, which takes more than two days. Docking to the Russian module “Prichal” is scheduled for 18.10 Moscow time on March 25.
The deadline for Novitsky and Vasilevskaya’s return to Earth has also been moved: from April 2 to April 6. In total, they will spend 12 days on the ISS and return home 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.


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