Japanese Space Tourists Arrive at ISS - Video
14:00 GMT 08.12.2021 (Updated: 15:23 GMT 08.12.2021)
© Sputnik / Sergei SavostyanovRoscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, in center, and Japanese space tourists Yozo Hirano, left, and Yusaku Maezawa pose as they attend a news conference ahead of the launch of the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft, at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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BAIKONUR (Sputnik) - Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-20 with Japanese space tourists Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin docked to the ISS, according to the broadcast from the station.
The Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the spacecraft launched from Baikonur at 07:38 GMT, nine minutes later the spacecraft entered orbit and began its journey to the ISS.
A few hours after checking the tightness, drying the suits and equalizing the pressure between the spacecraft and the station, the crew will open the hatches and enter the ISS.
Maezawa and Hirano became the first tourists in 12 years to fly on the Soyuz to the ISS.
They will participate in the scientific program of the station, as well as carry out assignments from Internet users, film it with a camera and upload it to YouTube.
Also, the Soyuz MS-20 crew brought to the station New Year's gifts for Russian crew members and edible souvenirs — Japanese cuisine adapted for use in space.