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12/7/2021, 10:46 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Russia confirms Dec. 8 tourist spaceflight

Russia's space agency Roscosmos confirmed on Tuesday that a Soyuz MS manned spacecraft will fly professional cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin (pictured center) and two Japanese space tourists, billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (pictured left) and his assistant Yozo Hirano (pictured right) to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket is scheduled to blast off on December 8 at 10:38 Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The mission is expected to last 12 days, with the landing set for December 20 also in Kazakhstan.

Baha Breaking the News (BBN) / MS