The ‘Soyuz-2.1a’ launch vehicle was installed on the launch complex of site No. 31 (“Vostok” launch complex) of the Baikonur cosmodrome to launch the ‘Y. Gagarin’ (Soyuz MS-18) manned spacecraft with three crew members on board, TASS reports.
It is noted that the rocket bears a sticker with the official emblem of the 60th anniversary of the first-ever manned space flight. It depicts Yuri Gagarin, his autograph, a star, and the inscription “60 Years of the First Manned Flight Into Space”. The launch is scheduled for 10.42 am Moscow time on April 9, 2021.
Also, it is planned that three crew members will go to the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, as well as American astronaut Mark Vande Hei. The backup crew includes Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemiev, as well as American Anne McClain. It is specified that the manned spacecraft will reach the ISS in about 3.5 hours.