Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
World – Frank Rubio did not answer "astronaut" when asked as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up. But nevertheless, this pilot and doctor of Salvadoran origin is precisely what he has become: an astronaut who will travel to the International Space Station this 21 September 2022 and will spend more than six months in space.
“For me it is a great pride to be able to represent the Salvadoran people”, Rubio said during an interview with the international press. “It is something that is very exciting for me and for our family”.
Rubio, who was born in Los Angeles, but he spent the first six years of his life in El Salvador, will blast off to the International Space Station, if there are no last minute inconveniences, aboard the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft. Takeoff will take place in Kazakhstan and there will be two more astronauts on your ship, los rusos Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin.
Rubio confessed today to feel excited about his first flight and assured that in space “everything will be interesting”.
“For me everything will be interesting in space. And of course, every 90 minutes we will observe the Earth”, he stated at the press conference organized by the Russian space agency Roscosmos prior to the launch. The NASA astronaut stated that he looks forward to the opportunity to carry out a spacewalk. “I will look with special attention at the darkness of the cosmos and enjoy the sight of the stars”, he said.
The mission is part of the collaboration that NASA and Roscosmos, the russian space agency, carried out for more than two decades on the International Space Station.
The station is a scientific laboratory the size of a football field., located about 400 kilometers above the Earth's orbit and astronauts live and work there continuously.
Ruby's mother, Myrna Argueta, and other relatives live in El Salvador, the astronaut said. Argueta will see the takeoff from there, while three of Rubio's children and his wife traveled to Russia to say goodbye to the astronaut and see the takeoff in that country.
The takeoff will be broadcast from 7:00 a.m. in El Salvador time and will begin coverage on NASA TV's public channel on YouTube prior to launch at 7:54 a.m. The moment of the union between the Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station can be seen live, always on NASA's public channel at 11:11 a.m. with salvadoran time.
After a trip of two orbits and three hours of duration, the Soyuz will dock with the space station's Rassvet module at the 1:11 p.m. About two hours after docking, the hatches between the Soyuz and the station will be opened and crew members will be able to greet each other. In this link you can see the live broadcast.