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LAUNCH AND DOCKING OF SOYUZ MS-21 TO ISS, Mar 18, 2022, Kazakhstan/Earth orbit, 11:55 am ET/3:05 pm ET

(NASA TV begins 11:15 am ET)

Russia will launch its next crew to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 18, 2022 .

  • Launch, 11:55 am ET, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan (NASA TV begins 11:15 am ET);
  • Docking, 3:05 pm ET (NASA TV begins 2:15 pm ET);
  • Hatch opening/welcome ceremony, 5:30 pm ET (NASA TV begins 5:15 pm ET)

All three crew members are professional Russian cosmonauts from Roscosmos.

  • Oleg Artemeyev
  • Denis Matveev
  • Sergei Korsakov

The last all-Russian crew, launched in October 2021, was one professional cosmonaut and two space tourists (a film director and an actress shooting scenes for a movie).

Usually a NASA astronaut travels to and from ISS on Soyuz, but the US-Russian contract — where NASA paid Russia for the service — expired in 2021. A new “crew exchange” agreement for Americans to continue flying on Soyuz and Russians to fly on the U.S. Crew Dragon on a no-exchange-of-funds basis was said to be close to completion early in 2022. Whether that will proceed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 remains to be seen.


March 18, 2022
11:00 am - 11:00 pm