Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 Yu. A. Gagarin Rocket (named after Yuri Gagarin the 1st human being to travel to space) successfully launched a 3-member crew (2 Russian Cosmonauts & 1 American Astronaut) to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
- The rocket has been named after Societ Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of his travel to space aboard Vostok 1 (On April 12, 1961).
- The rocket took 2 Russian Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy & Pyotr Dubrov, and US Astronaut Mark Vande Hei to the ISS.
- The arrival of 3 more astronauts to ISS, temporarily increases the Station’s population to 10. At present, 4 Americans, 2 Russians & 1 Japanese national man the International Space Station.
- The International Space Station (ISS) is a multinational collaborative project involving 5 participating space agencies – NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe) & CSA (Canada).
- The 1st module of the ISS, Zarya was launched on 20th November 1998.
- The 1st Indian to enter space was Rakesh Sharma, when he flew aboard the Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 in 1984.
- The 1st human being to go on a spacewalk was Alexei Leonov from the Soviet Union (In 1965 during Voskhod 2 Mission).
- 1st Women to travel in space – Valentina Tereshkova (aboard Vostok-6)
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