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Soyuz MS-13

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2019-041A

Description

Soyuz MS-13, also designated ISS flight 59S, is a Soyuz spaceflight launched on 20 July 2019 carrying three members of the Expedition 60 crew to the International Space Station: a Russian commander, an American and a European flight engineer. MS-13 was the 142nd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. It was at one point the last Soyuz flight contracted by NASA in the expectation that subsequent astronaut transport would be provided by the Commercial Crew Program, but in early 2019 NASA sought to purchase two additional Soyuz seats to provide greater certainty given delays in that program.

During the flight the spacecraft fulfills the following tasks: delivery of a visiting crew consisting of up to three persons and small accompanying cargoes; constant availability of the spacecraft, attached to the station during its manned flight, in the standby mode to be ready for emergency descent of the main crew onto the ground in case of hazardous situation on the station, cosmonaut illness or injury, etc. (assured crew return vehicle function); planned descent of the visiting crew onto the ground; returning to the ground, together with the crew, payloads of relatively low mass and volume disposal of wastes from the station in the living compartment to be burned down in the atmosphere during descent.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2019-07-20
    Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG
    Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

    Funding Agencies

    • Russian Space Agency (Russia)
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)
    • European Space Agency (International)

    Discipline

    • Human Crew

    Additional Information

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