Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, together with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, will fly the Soyuz MS-17 capsule from its present port to a different one on Friday.
Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins arrived on the house station in the Soyuz capsule after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October.
The crew members will transfer the spacecraft from the Rassvet module, which has an Earth-facing port, and relocate it to the Poisk docking port, which faces house. Undocking will happen at 12:38 p.m. ET and docking is anticipated at 1:07 p.m. ET.
This will release the Rassvet module port for one more crew arriving subsequent month on the house station through the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft. The incoming crew contains NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos’ cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov. They will launch April 9 from Kazakhstan.
Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov will return to Earth in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft on April 17.
This kind of reconfiguration final occurred in August 2019 and will likely be the fifteenth Soyuz port relocation in the 20-year historical past of astronauts dwelling on the house station.
Members of the historic NASA-SpaceX Crew-1, together with NASA astronauts Victor Glover Jr., Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who launched from the US to the house station in November, will even return after the launch of Crew-2 subsequent month.
This second rotation utilizing the NASA-SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will embody NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Crew-2, which might launch April 22, will be a part of Crew-1 on the house station earlier than Crew-1 returns to Earth.