The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.
Soyuz MS-20 will carry Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin as well as two tourists, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano, to the International Space Station.
The Soyuz programme is a human spaceflight programme initiated by the Soviet Union in the early 1960s. The Soyuz spacecraft was originally part of a Moon landing project intended to put a Soviet cosmonaut on the Moon. It was the third Soviet human spaceflight programme after the Vostok and Voskhod programmes.
The International Space Station programme is tied together by a complex set of legal, political and financial agreements between the sixteen nations involved in the project, governing ownership of the various components, rights to crewing and utilization, and responsibilities for crew rotation and resupply of the International Space Station. It was conceived in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, during the Space Station Freedom project as it was originally called.
The Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft will undock from the International Space Station carrying ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin as well as Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and his cameraman Yozo Hirano.
The Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft carrying ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin as well as Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and his cameraman Yozo Hirano will land back on Earth near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.