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ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will be launched to the International Space Station at 02:03 GMT/03:03 CET, Thursday 11 November 2021 for a mission called Cosmic Kiss.

Cosmic Kiss will be the first space mission for Matthias, who will fly to the Station on a SpaceX Crew Dragon launched from Florida in the USA. He will be accompanied by NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron and is expected to have a short handover with fellow ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on board the Station.

During his time in orbit, Matthias will support over 35 European experiments and even more international experiments on board. The outcomes of these experiments will advance our knowledge in areas ranging from human health to materials science, benefitting life on Earth and the future of space exploration.

Launch: 02:03 GMT/03:03 CET Thursday, 11 November 2021

Launch site: Florida, USA

Spacecraft: SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance

Expeditions: 66

Crewmates: NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron

Landing: TBC 2022

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