This after the Soyuz launch earlier this week sent three new astronauts to the ISS, the first manned launch since the booster failure back in October. This means that the ISS will be manned and they don't have to mothball the station.

Also mentioned in the article here is that with SpaceX and Boeing getting the Commercial Crew rolling in 2019, we are looking at the end of US astronauts flying on the Soyuz capsules.


wasoxygen:

First time watching the "Countdown Net" alternate camera in the video. It gives a better overall perspective than the vehicle POV cameras, and projects pessimistic parabolas. But the Stage 1 landing video will be interesting too...


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