Russia to Dock Soyuz MS-18 to New Research Lab Nauka

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Roscosmos, the federal space agency revealed on Tuesday that the Gagarin (Soyuz MS-18) manned spacecraft will undock from the Rassvet module, ISS’s Russian segment, and dock with the new research lab Nauka on September 28, TASS informed.

During the process of moving, the spacecraft will leave the docking port for a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft which is set to blast off on October 5, according to Roscosmos.

The basic crew of the Soyuz MS-19 includes Anton Shkaplerov, a cosmonaut, Yulia Peresild, an actress, and Klim Shipenko a film director.

The back-up crew includes Oleg Artemyev, a cosmonaut, Alyona Mordovina, an actress, and Alexei Dudin, a cameraman.

They are scheduled to film the first-ever movie that takes place on an orbital outpost.

The space drama that is called Vyzov (Challenge) is a project of Roscosmos, TV Channel One, as well as the Yellow, Black and White film studio.