Soyuz-FG with Manned Spacecraft Launched from Baikonur

PHOTO by Grigory Sysoev / RIA Novosti

A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a Soyuz MS-03 transport manned spacecraft was launched from Baikonur to the International Space Station on Thursday, Nov 17.

The approach of Soyuz MS-03 to the ISS will be conducted on a two-day circuit. Docking has been scheduled for Nov. 20 at 01:01 Moscow time.

The main crew of the ISS-50/51 is comprised of Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. Their reserves are cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronaut Jack Fisher and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

The Soyuz MS spacecraft was created as a result of the thorough modernisation of the Soyuz TMA. It is designed to deliver crews of up to three people and related cargos to the International Space Station, as well as for their return to Earth. During its stay on the ISS, the spacecraft also serves as a rescue vehicle and is maintained in constant readiness for an urgent descent of the crew back to Earth.