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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #20 on: 02/01/2020 10:42 am »
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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #24 on: 02/19/2020 05:30 am »
https://twitter.com/roscosmos/status/1229672459642818560

https://twitter.com/roscosmos/status/1229760176644935681
GT:  # SoyuzMS16: work is going according to plan

At the 31st site of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the stages of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle are unloaded and their external inspection is carried out.

The upcoming launch will be the second for the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a manned spacecraft of the Soyuz MS series and the first with a crew on board



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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #25 on: 02/20/2020 12:22 am »
Cross posting from Soyuz MS-16 page posts by Olaf  and jcm

https://www.roscosmos.ru/28064/

The Russian members of the main crew of the Soyuz MS-16 manned spacecraft, Roscosmos cosmonauts Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin, will be replaced by backups for medical reasons.

The positions of the commander and flight engineer of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft will now be taken by the cosmonauts of Roscosmos Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner. The changes will affect only the Russian part of the crew, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy continues to prepare for the flight in accordance with the established plan.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-16 manned spacecraft and members of the long-term expedition ISS-63 is scheduled for April 9 this year from launch pad No. 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.



https://www.vedomosti.ru/politics/news/2020/02/19/823432-roskosmos-zamenit-ekipazh-ekspeditsii-k-mks
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    According to a Vedomosti source involved in the ISS program, the crew was replaced due to an eye injury that the commander received while accidentally stumbling into a branch while walking.



Comment by me, ddspaceman... 

This is not the first time Nikolai Tikhonov  has gotten close to flight and had the rug pulled out from under him.  He must be frustrated!
From WikiPedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Tikhonov_(cosmonaut)

He was selected as a backup flight engineer for Soyuz MS-02. He was made a prime crew member of Soyuz MS-04 but, due to Russian budget cuts, the crews were changed and Tikhonov was then slated to make his first spaceflight on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft. He was again removed from the manifest due to delays in launching the Russian Nauka module.[1][2] He was scheduled to fly into space as commander of the Soyuz MS-15 mission, although he was removed for a third time following the aborted launch of Soyuz MS-10, and the subsequent crew changes that followed. He is was scheduled to finally make his first flight onboard Soyuz MS-16 in 2020, but ended replaced due medical reasons.[3]
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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #27 on: 02/20/2020 12:44 pm »
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/02/19/russian-space-agency-replaces-cosmonauts-on-next-space-station-crew/
Some interesting information on the new crew
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The possibility of an extended period with three residents on the station — and just one U.S. astronaut — prompted managers to train the original Soyuz MS-16 crew on systems inside the U.S. segment of the outpost.
Tikhonov trained to use NASA’s spacesuits in case he needed to join Cassidy on a spacewalk performing repairs or maintenance outside the space station. And Babkin was certified to operate the station’s Canadian-built robotic arm.
Megan Sumner, a NASA spokesperson, said Wednesday that Ivanishin and Vagner will not travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston for additional training before their April 9 launch. Cassidy will head to Russia later this month to join his new Russian crewmates for final training and familiarization with the Soyuz spacecraft, before heading to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in late March for launch preparations.
Cassidy was previously a crewmate of Ivanishin and Vagner on the Soyuz MS-16 backup crew before he was elevated to the prime crew last year to replace a Japanese astronaut. During that time, Sumner said Cassidy conducted U.S. spacesuit and spacewalk training with Ivanishin, including training inside NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #28 on: 02/21/2020 09:24 am »
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/news/200214.html
JAXA briefed with NASA astronauts about the 1st Kibo-RPC
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The 1st Kibo-RPC on-orbit event is scheduled for September 2020. The winners of the Preliminary Round in each country can participate in the final round in the on-orbit event, which will be connected with the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. As part of the preparation for Kibo-RPC, JAXA gave an overview of Kibo-RPC to two NASA astronauts, Astronaut Christopher John Cassidy and Astronaut Stephen Bowen.


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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #30 on: 03/02/2020 04:35 pm »
Updated patch, removing the initials

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #31 on: 03/12/2020 05:02 pm »
There is a new crew in final training for a launch to the station on April 9. @NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy with @Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner are getting ready for a 195-day mission in space.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1238145420322373633

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #32 on: 03/23/2020 01:15 pm »
Covid-19 restrictions disrupt astronauts' preparations for ISS

https://twitter.com/guardiannews/status/1241783743221825537

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #33 on: 03/25/2020 02:10 am »
The Exp 63 crew arrived today at the launch site in Kazakhstan counting down to an April 9 liftoff to the space station for a 195-day mission.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1242567030139740160

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #34 on: 04/03/2020 07:51 pm »
The Exp 63 crew and its backups inspected the Soyuz crew ship today that will launch the trio from Kazakhstan to the station on April 9 to begin a 195-day mission.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1246142925743869953

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #35 on: 04/06/2020 03:58 pm »
.@NASA TV will broadcast the Exp 63 crew, with astronaut Chris Cassidy, launching to the station on Thursday, April 9, at 4:05am ET.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1247188748711976960

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #36 on: 04/06/2020 09:19 pm »
Life on board the International Space Station may not be exactly what you’re imagining. But as he heads back for his third mission, astronaut Chris Cassidy says he’ll be savoring every minute of it.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1247248715632521217

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #37 on: 04/06/2020 09:20 pm »
The Soyuz crew ship that will launch the Exp 63 to the station on Thursday rolled out to its launch pad in Kazakhstan today.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1247228830642843656

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Re: Expedition 63 Thread
« Reply #39 on: 04/08/2020 05:08 pm »
The Exp 63 crew held a virtual press conference in Kazakhstan today ahead of their launch Thursday at 4:05 am ET to the station.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1247928612935868417

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