PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
WATCH LIVE: On Monday, June 18, 2018, Col Nick Hague, along with his crewmate Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will discuss their upcoming mission to the International Space Station in a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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According to a NASA media advisory, Hague will launch to the space station aboard the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, commanded by Ovchinin, Oct. 11, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Hague and Ovchinin will join the station’s Expedition 57 crew, returning to Earth in April 2019 as members of Expedition 58. Hague, who is the first astronaut from the 2013 astronaut class to be assigned to a mission, will serve as a flight engineer for Expeditions 57 and 58. This will be Ovchinin’s second spaceflight, and he will serve as a flight engineer on Expeditions 57 and the commander of Expedition 58.
During a planned six-month mission, the station crew members will take part in about 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth in order to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences. Science conducted on the space station continues to yield benefits for humanity and will enable future long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. The crew is also scheduled to be onboard during the expected first flights of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will resume launches of human spaceflight from U.S. soil.