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Crew Of Upcoming Mission To International Space Station Highlights Experiments About Cleaner Energy

NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Russian astronaut Oleg Artemyev are scheduled to go to the ISS next March

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold; NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel; and Roscosmos astronaut Oleg Artemyev plan to conduct more than 200 experiments in the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold; NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel; and Roscosmos astronaut Oleg Artemyev plan to conduct more than 200 experiments in the International Space Station.

The crew of an upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) highlighted Thursday in Houston that some of the experiments they will conduct can help humanity learn to use energy and fuels in a cleaner way.

The three members of the crew, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel and Ricky Arnold; and crewmate Oleg Artemyev, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, spoke about their mission during an event held at the Johnson Space Center.

Feustel and Arnold are scheduled to launch to the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft commanded by Artemyev on March 9, 2018 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

During the planned six-month mission, the crew members will take part in approximately 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations with the goal of advancing scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical and biological sciences.

Arnold noted that the experiments they will conduct will help to “design cleaner burning engines and better ways to burn fuel here on Earth.”

“Our job is make sure the equipment works properly and that the data gets recorded and we can send it back to Earth,” emphasized Feustel.

On his part, Artemyev, who spoke in Russian and whose comments were translated to English during the event, said he hopes “the ISS is going to be a good starting point for the improvement of relationships between Russia and the U.S.”

Feustel, Arnold and Artemyev are scheduled to return to Earth in August 2018.

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