The launch will be carried out several days before the 60th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight in space. The Soyuz spacecraft was also named after Gagarin, whose name and portrait is painted on its hull.
On April 9, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy, Petr Dubrov and US astronaut Mark Vande Hei will arrive at the ISS by spaceship Soyuz MS-18. Their arrival will start the 65th ISS expedition.
On April 12, 1961, Gagarin pronounced his famous “Poyekhali!” (Let’s Go!) as the Vostok spacecraft lifted off the ground, taking the first person ever to space. After orbiting the Earth once, the re-entry module landed on the territory of what was then the Soviet Union. (UNI)