International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 59-60 main and backup crew held a pre-flight press conference in Star City, Moscow Region on Thursday.
The main crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and two NASA astronauts, Christina Koch and Nick Hague. The backup crew of the expedition is made up of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, and European Space Agency astronaut Luka Parmitano.
Ovchinin and Hague, who were supposed to arrive to the ISS last October, said they had talked to psychologists after the failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10.
"We talked with them, and I realized that they calmed down as well, that we were all right. And we feel fine psychologically. Therefore, I think that everything will be fine, and we will succeed in everything this time,” the Russian cosmonaut said.
NASA's Hague noted that “it wasn’t an easy task to try to put us back into the launch sequence and to get us ready for this flight so quickly. And it took a lot of effort by a lot of people. And for that, I am very thankful to the team.”
Speaking about the upcoming mission, Ovchinin added that "the most interesting task that we will be performing and one of the most interesting tasks for me is the spacewalk.”
The Expedition 59-60 is scheduled to launch to the ISS from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 14.