A source in the field of space industries in Russia announced that preparations are underway in the country to launch a new missile into Earth orbits on the eve of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space, and according to the source, a Russian Soyuz-2.1a missile will be launched into space soon.
According to RT, a large poster with a picture and signature of the Soviet astronaut, Yuri Gagarin, will be adorned with a slogan dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space.
Available information indicates that the aforementioned missile will be launched on April 9, carrying the Russian Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, which will transport to the International Space Station the Russian astronauts, Oleg Nowitzki and Biotur Dubrov, and NASA astronaut Mark Vandy Hay.
The reserve crew for the aforementioned flight will also include two Russian cosmonauts, Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artyumov, and NASA astronaut, Anne McLean.
On April 12, the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Soviet “Vostok-1” spacecraft, which carried into Earth orbits 6 decades ago, Yuri Gagarin, the first person to arrive in space on a manned flight.