David Saint-Jacques and Expedition 58 Crew Head to Kazakhstan

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, the Expedition 58 prime and backup crew members pose for pictures in front of Vladimir Lenin’s statue Nov. 19 before flying to their launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. From left to right are the backup crew members, Drew Morgan of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and the prime crew, Anne McClain of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency. McClain, Kononenko and Saint-Jacques will launch Dec. 3 on the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Sarah Volkman.

Expedition 58 astronaut David Saint-Jacques along with his crewmates, Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Anne McClain of NASA, have left Moscow for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for their December 3 launch.

The expedition 58 crew along the crew backups, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, Drew Morgan of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, first participated in traditional ceremonies at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow on Nov. 19.

Afterward, the crew left for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to complete their training. The crew will launch on a Soyuz 11 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

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