The crew of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) will determine a mascot which will accompany them to space, an Interfax-AVN correspondent reported at a pre-flight news conference of the ISS crew, which is being held in Star City, Moscow region.
"Our indicator of zero gravity will be a little pink piglet," commander of the ISS crew, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov said.
He also said that he would take the flag of the Night Wolves motorbike club on the space mission and will lift their flag in his cabin.
It was earlier reported that on Monday, August 10, the inter-agency committee had approved the main and backup crews of the Soyuz TMA-18M spaceship which will fly to the ISS on September 2. Russian and Kazakh cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Aidyn Aimbetov, as well as ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen are on the main ISS crew. The backup crew included cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Oleg Skripochka, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
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