17:28 GMT06 July 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's only incumbent female cosmonaut Anna Kikina will head for the International Space Station in 2022, the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said on Saturday.

    "Anna Kikina will head for the ISS as part of the Russian crew in two years", Roscosmos said on its Twitter page.

    Kikina has been the only Russian female cosmonaut since September 2016. In November 2017, she took part in the international Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station project designed to prepare for deep-space missions, primarily those to the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

    The Soviet Union and Russia have sent four women to space: Valentina Tereshkova in 1963, Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982 and 1984, Yelena Kondakova in 1994-1995, and Yelena Serova in 2014.

    As of now, Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner will remain on the space station until 22 October as part of the 63rd expedition.

    ISS, Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, cosmonauts, Russia
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