Next Space Station Crew to Fly Late March

MOSCOW, December 6 (RIA Novosti) – The launch of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) is set for March 26, a spokesman for Russia’s Yury Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center said Friday.

The new crew comprises Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson. They will replace Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, Sergei Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins.

The next ISS crew is expected to return to earth in September.

The new crew will fly to the ISS in a Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft, that is the only means of flying to and from the ISS until 2016, a spokesman said.

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