RANEPA graduate flies into space
Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Hero of Russia and graduate of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), is the crew commander Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft of the launched on April 20 at 10:13:43.
The spacecraft blasted from site number 1 (the "Gagarin start") of the Baikonur space center, heading for the International Space Station (ISS). The planned duration of the crew’s flight is 136 days.
The crew members were approved by a government commission. The main crew includes Roskosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Jack Fischer. The backup crew comprises Sergei Ryazansky (Roskosmos) and Randolf Breznik (NASA).
This is Yurchikhin’s fifth space travel. He noted that the ISS is a vivid example of how people from different countries work together as a single family and achieve amazing scientific results. The flight engineer, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, confirmed the incredibly warm and kind relations within the crew and said Yurchikhin is his good friend and mentor.