During her first mission to space and to the International Space Station, Kate Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA in space. During her upcoming mission, Rubins will work on a cardiovascular experiment based on a study she conducted during her first space mission and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab. She will also be on board the station until the arrival of NASA‘s SpaceX Crew-1 mission and Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2.
Rubins’ launch is scheduled for October 14, 2020 aboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with her Expedition 63/64 crew members, Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.
On November 2, Rubins and his crew celebrate the 20th anniversary of the continuous human habitation of the space station – two decades of science and technology research and breakthroughs that promote America’s return to the Moon and human exploration of March.
In this photo from her first mission to the station, she sees the ground below from the dome.