A multinational crew of space travelers, including NASA
Morgan, is scheduled to arrive at the International
Space Station on Saturday, July 20—the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s
historic landing on the Moon. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the
crew’s launch and arrival.
Morgan, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and
Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are preparing to
launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz MS-13
spacecraft at 11:28 a.m. CDT July 20 (9:28 p.m. Kazakhstan time). The
four-orbit, six-hour journey will be the first spaceflight for Morgan, the second
for Parmitano and the third for Skvortsov.
The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s
population to six, including three NASA astronauts. The new crew members will
dock to the station’s Zvezda service module at 5:50 p.m. About two hours later,
hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the arriving crew will
be greeted by Expedition 60 Commander Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos and NASA
Flight Engineers Nick
Hague and Christina
Koch, who have been aboard the complex since March.
The Expedition 60 crew will continue work on hundreds
of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth
science aboard humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory.
TV coverage of the July 20 launch and docking activities is
as follows (all times CDT):
a.m. – Soyuz MS-13 launch coverage
- 5 p.m.
– Docking coverage
- 7 p.m.
– Hatch opening and welcome coverage
Those on-site can view the event on JSC Cable TV channel 4-1.
JSC team members with wired computer network connections can watch using
the JSC EZTV IP Network TV
System on channel 4541 (HD). Please note: EZTV
using Internet Explorer on a Windows PC or Safari on a Mac. Mobile
devices, Wi-Fi, VPN or connections from other centers are currently not
supported by EZTV. Questions? Visit the FAQ
If you experience technical difficulties with the viewing
systems, contact the IRD Customer Support Center at 281-244-6367.
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 60 crew members Drew Morgan of NASA (left), Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos (center) and Luca Parmitano of ESA (right) pose for pictures July 5 in front of their Soyuz spacecraft during pre-launch preparations. Image Credit: Andrey Shelepin/GCTC