Next Space Station Crew Trains Near Moscow

Expedition 48-49 Soyuz Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Kate Rubins of NASA and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, along with their backups, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, Peggy Whitson of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) conducted final qualification training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia May 26 and 27. Ivanishin, Rubins and Onishi are scheduled to launch June 24 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft for a four-month mission on the International Space Station.