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Russia takes Japanese tourists to ISS

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Russia takes Japanese tourists to ISS


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Space tourists from Japan Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yezo Hirano soared into space on Wednesday, December 8, RIA Novosti reports. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in the morning. The commander of the crew, Alexander Misurkin, follows the tourists to the ISS.

According to a long-standing tradition, the astronauts and the cosmonaut sang the "Grass by the House" song by the Zemlyane band. 

The spacecraft is expected to dock the International Space Station at around 5 pm. The astronauts will return to Earth on December 20.

Tourists will become participants in experiments that will take place as part of the scientific program on board of the ISS. They will carry out task from ''the list of 100 things you want MZ to do in space!'' created by Internet users.

The crew will deliver New Year's gifts for the Russian crew members, props for their missions, as well as edible souvenirs - Japanese cuisine adapted for use in space.

The Japanese billionaire and his assistant will be the first tourists in more than ten years to fly to the ISS on the Soyuz spacecraft.

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