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Europe will launch a man into space for the first time in 10 years without the help of Russia

After the first successful commercial launch of a person into space, which was made by the American company SpaceX, Europe will refuse the services of Roscosmos after the United States.

According to Euractiv, the first European astronaut to be delivered to the International space station by the Crew Dragon ship will be Frenchman Toma Pesquet.

He will go into orbit in the spring of 2021, becoming the first European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut in ten years to be delivered to space without the help of Russia.

“I am very happy to be the first European to fly a new generation of crewed American spaceships," Pesquet admitted.

This will be SpaceX's second full-fledged mission. Along with Pesquet, Japanese Akihiko Hoshide will go to space, as well as NASA astronauts Robert Kimbrough and Catherine MacArthur, the wife of Robert Benken, who flew into space as part of the may demonstration launch.

They will spend six months on the ISS. They will also be joined by three cosmonauts who will be delivered on a Russian Soyuz rocket.

Recall that The first official SpaceX space mission will not start until the end of September — four astronauts will also go to the ISS. At the moment, Elon Musk's company has already signed a contract for six launches with a total cost of 2.6 billion dollars.

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