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Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky goes to ISS again on November 17

Baikonur. One day before spaceship Soyuz MC-03 launches. It will deliver the crew to the International Space Station. Belarusian astronaut Oleg Novitsky will be in charge of the crew.

Oleg Novitsky decided to deliver the Belarusian flag up to the ISS. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on November 16 expressed his gratitude for remembering about his background.

Alexander Lukashenko sent Oleg Novitsky a congratulatory telegram.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Wherever you are, remember that Belarus is proud of you!

Along with Oleg there are going to be astronauts from France and USA in the crew. Together, they are going to conduct more than 50 experiments. It is Oleg’s second space journey.

French Thomas Pesquet, American Peggy Whitson and Belarusian crew chief Oleg Novitsky are making the crew. It is his second flight. Now they all are in the sterile area. If one of them gets sick, it can lead to the flight cancellation. However, they still can have a good time.

Thomas Pesquet, Soyuz MC-03 crew member (France):
This crew is great. They are good people; we get along really well. We exercise and hang out together.

Novitsky is taking a Belarusian flag with him on board. He is going to write the docking and launch dates on it. After that, he will donate it to a museum. The launch is scheduled for November 17th at 23:20:13. The launch was put off a few times. However, this time everything will be as planned, they say in Baikonur.

Oleg Novitsky, Soyuz MC-03 crew chief:
Right now I want the launch to happen as scheduled. After that, there will be time for other dreams. To see the Earth. I will look for some interesting Earth objects and take pictures of them.

Dmitry Boyarovich, CTV:
He will be able to take photos of Belarus. The ISS will go around the Earth 16 times a day. So, look up in the sky sometimes – maybe Oleg Novitsky is taking a picture of you.

The crew will spend six months at the ISS. The astronauts will conduct more than 50 experiments. The mission is another step towards Mars and its examination. And it feels good to know Belarusians are taking part in it. 

Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky goes to ISS again on November 17