The three astronauts preparing here to travel to the International Space Station in a Soyuz MS-13 capsule will wear patches on their uniforms to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon, one of them said here Friday.
"And if you look closely, you will see the resemblance with the patch the original crew wore," European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano told a press conference at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The main difference with the original Apollo 11 patch is the omission of the names of the 1969 crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buss Aldrin.
Parmitano, Russian cosmonaut Alexandr Skvortsov and NASA's Andrew R. Morgan are set to lift off at 16.28 GMT Saturday and the Soyuz should rendezvous with the ISS six hours later.
For Morgan, it will be his first trip to the ISS, while the Italian is going for a second time. Skvortsov is a veteran of two earlier missions.
Waiting to welcome the trio to the ISS will be two other Americans, Christina Hammock Koch and Nick Hague, and Russia's Alexei Ovchinin.
The new crew's stay aboard the ISS will include a space walk, scheduled for Nov. 20, and a full program of scientific experiments. EFE