iriss mission launch day activities


ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, commander Sergei Volkov and Aidyn Aimbetov prepare for their launch to the International Space Station at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Pre-launch activities include door signing and a traditional blessing, before leaving the Cosmonaut Hotel for suiting up, pressure check and the bus ride to the launchpad, before boarding their spacecraft.

Mogensen, Volkov and Aimbetov launched to the ISS on 2 September at 06:37:43 CEST (04:37:43 UTC) from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

During his 10-day mission to the International Space Station Andreas will test technology, new ways of running space missions and swap a spacecraft.

Follow the whole mission with live updates via the iriss mission blog and on Twitter via @esaoperations

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  1. Andreas has such a genuine smile! They dock in just a few hours… they must be so excited right about now. Even though it's a week-long mission, I hope we get lots of videos. 🙂

  2. 2:14 "Har du det godt?" – Are you alright? (in a pedagogical way , not panicky). "Vi ses igen" – We'll see each other again.
    8:36 (his wife) "Ja, og han har prøvet dette mange gange før" – Yes, and he has tried this many times before.

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