BAIKONUR / Kazakhstan /, December 8. / TASS /. Crew members of the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft, due to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) later in the day, left the Kosmonavt Hotel in Baikonur in the early hours of Wednesday, a correspondent from TASS.
The core crew is made up of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his business assistant Yozo Hirano.
After leaving the hotel, Misurkin, Yusaku, and Hirano boarded a bus and headed to the Baikonur launch facility, where they will put on their spacesuits and prepare to board the spacecraft.
The manned Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft with two space tourists to the International Space Station is scheduled to launch on December 8 at 10:38 a.m. Moscow time. Space travelers will spend 12 days in orbit. Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will be the commander of the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft.
On November 17, the world-famous Russian news agency TASS and the State Space Corporation Roscosmos signed a memorandum of cooperation, which stipulates the establishment of a TASS press office on board the ISS. Under the deal, Roscosmos cosmonaut Russia hero Alexander Misurkin will be TASS’s first correspondent in space. It will report on the daily routine of the space station. Its reports will be available to the agency’s readership from TASS information resources, and its photo and video contributions will be uploaded to the agency’s website and official social media pages.