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SOYUZ MS-20 LAUNCH, Dec 8, 2021, Kazakhstan, 2:38 am ET

Russia will launch Soyuz MS-20 to the International Space Station on December 8, 2021 at 2:38 am EST (07:38 UTC) from the Baikonur Cosmosdrome in Kazahhstan.

The three-person crew includes one Russian professional cosmonaut and two Japanese space tourists.

  • Alexander Misurkin, Roscosmos cosmonaut
  • Yusaku Maezawa, spaceflight participant (Japanese billionaire)
  • Yozo Hirano, spaceflight participant (Maezawa’s production assistant who will document the flight

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Fun fact: Maezawa has also purchased all the seats on the first flight of SpaceX’s Starship around the Moon, which is tentatively scheduled for 2023. He held a competition earlier this year to choose 8 companions for the journey, which he calls Dear Moon. The winners have not been announced yet.


December 8
2:00 am - 5:00 pm