Soyuz MS-16space was launched from the Baikonur Space Base in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (UUI).

The MS-16 capsule, which will take Cosmonauts Anatoliy Ivanish and Ivan Vagner, and the US Aerospace Agency (NASA) astronaut Christopher Cassidy, left the Baykonur Space Base at 14.05 am local time.

The team that will do scientific research is expected to reach the space station 6 hours later.

The moment of launching the capsule was broadcast live on the website of the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS).

In the statement made by ROSCOSMOS, it was stated that the team will support the working capacity and equipment of the station in the 6.5 months it will be in the UUI, and will carry out studies such as experiment, cargo capsule and load reduction.

Cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, who have served at the UUI since September 2019, are expected to return to Earth on April 17.

Space research and basic science experiments are conducted at the UUI, which is jointly operated by NASA, ROSCOSMOS, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Japanese Space Research Agency (JAXA).

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