Expedition 45/Visiting Crew Meets Officials and Reporters as Launch Approaches


Expedition 45 Soyuz Commander Sergei Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and visiting crew members Andreas Mogensen of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency (Kazcosmos), and their backups, Oleg Skripochka and Sergei Prokopyev of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA appeared before the Russian State Commission on Sept. 1 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The commission gave its final approval for the launch of Volkov, Mogensen and Aimbetov to the International Space Station on Sept. 2, Kazakh time in their Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft. The crew members also conducted a final prelaunch news conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur

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