NASA astronauts ready to fly to the ISS

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NASA astronaut who will travel to the International Space Station on a Soyuz spacecraft next month says tensions with Russia&uncertainty about the mission's status have had no effect on his training.

Frank Rubio is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft on September 21, along with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin.

He'll be on the station for six months as part of the Expedition 68 crew.

Rubio will be the first NASA astronaut to fly on a Soyuz since Mark Vande Hei returned to the station in March after nearly a year on board.

In a conference call with reporters on August 22, Rubio stated that despite the invasion, NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos maintained a "good and strong relationship" on the ISS.

This crew swap truly represents the ongoing efforts of incredible teams on both sides and incredible people.

Rubio stated that he gets along well with his two Russian coworkers. "We all have the same priorities Our primary goal is to complete this mission as safely and productively as possible."

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