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RELOCATION OF SOYUZ MS-18 TO NAUKA PORT, Sept 28, 2021, Earth orbit, 8:21 am ET

(NASA TV begins 8:00 am ET)

The crew of Soyuz MS-18 will board their spacecraft on September 28, 2021 at 8:21 am ET to move it from its current docking port at the International Space Station to a different one on the new Nauka science module that arrived in July.  This will be the first docking with Nauka.

The maneuver will free up the spacecraft’s current Rassvat port for the Soyuz MS-19 crew that will arrive after their October 5 launch.

The Soyuz MS-18 crew is composed of two Russians, Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, and American Mark Vande Hei.  All three must board the spacecraft for this brief flight just in case anything goes awry and they have to return to Earth.

Redocking is scheduled for 9:00 am ET, just 39 minutes later.  NASA TV coverage begins at 8:00 am ET on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website..

Port relocations are common. This is the 20th and noteworthy mostly because it is the first docking with Nauka, which had a troubled arrival at ISS.

Details

Date:
September 28
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm