April 9 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan launched a rocket-carrier “Soyuz-2.1 a” with manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-16,” he will deliver to the International space station members of the 63rd expedition. About it reported “Roscosmos”.
The expedition entered the Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin (commander) and John Wagner, as well as NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy.
“Today’s launch was the first for the carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” with the manned spacecraft of family “Soyuz MS” and crew on Board (running in unmanned mode, was held on 22 August 2019). Rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” has replaced “Union-FG” in the missions for the delivery of astronauts and cosmonauts on the space station”, – stated in the message.