NASA Television To Air Launch Of NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer, Crewmate

In the Integration Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 51 crewmembers Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA sit for pictures April 6, 2017, in front of their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft as part of pre-launch preparations. Image Credit: NASA

April 12, 2017 – NASA astronaut Jack Fischer is poised for a journey of exploration and research on the International Space Station. Extensive coverage of upcoming prelaunch activities, launch and arrival will air on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.

Coverage begins Thursday, April 13, with video of prelaunch activities in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, which will air on NASA TV through Wednesday, April 19.

Fischer and his Expedition 51-52 crewmate Fyodor Yurchikhin, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, are scheduled to launch at 1:13 a.m. MDT Thursday, April 20 (1:13 p.m. Baikonur time), from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 12:15 a.m.

The pair will travel on a fast-track, six-hour course to the space station and dock to the Poisk module at 7:23 a.m. MDT NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 6:30 a.m. Once at the station, they will be welcomed by Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency). Hatches between the Soyuz and space station will open at 9:05 a.m. MDT. NASA TV coverage of hatch opening and welcome ceremonies will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Expedition 51 will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station, humanity’s only microgravity laboratory.

Fischer, a first-time space flier, and Yurchikhin, a veteran of four spaceflights, will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting laboratory before returning to Earth in early September.

Fischer is a native of Louisville, Colorado. He was selected in July 2009 as a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He completed astronaut training in 2011, and has worked in the CAPCOM, Soyuz, International Space Station Operations, ISS Integration, and Exploration branches of the Astronaut Office.

Fischer graduated from Centaurus High School in Lafayette in 1992 and received his Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1996. He then earned a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in 1998.

Fischer is married to the former Elizabeth Simonson from Boulder, Colorado. They have two daughters, Sariah and Bethany. Fischer’s father, Gary Fischer, is deceased, and his mother, JoBelle Fischer, still lives near Louisville, Colorado.

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