The crew of the new Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft is preparing for launch at the Gagarin Space Center.
The crew commander Alexey Ovchinin took the call sign "Boatman", explaining that he hails from Rybinsk, which many years ago was considered the capital of boatmen.
At the beginning of March 2016, the crew will go to Baikonur, the launch is scheduled for March 19 from the first "Gagarin" site of the cosmodrome.
Interview: Alexander Gordyaev, Alexey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka, Jeffrey Williams.
A.S. Gordyaev - Head of the Sector of the Design Department for the Soyuz spacecraft of RSC Energia. Ovchinin A.N. -- pilot-engineer, test cosmonaut, Hero of the Russian Federation. Skripochka O.I. -- pilot-cosmonaut, Hero of the Russian Federation. Kornienko M.B. - pilot-cosmonaut, Hero of the Russian Federation. Kelly S.D. is an American test pilot, NASA astronaut. Williams D.N. -- American test pilot, NASA astronaut.