International Space Station crew trains ahead of upcoming mission

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STAR CITY, RUSSIA (Reuters / CBS Newspath) -- The new ISS crew of 55-56 expedition conducted final qualification training for their upcoming space mission and took compulsory tests at the Gagarin Training Center in Star City near Moscow on Tuesday (February, 20).

The crew, that includes Russia's "Roscosmos" cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold arrived early in the morning to give a news conference, got their tasks and then later proceeded to the training session.

They have to solve a number of emergency situations that may occur during the flight, including decompression.

Russian cosmonaut Artemyev said, that the first spacewalk of the crew is scheduled for August, 8.

They will head off into space to install equipment on the external surface of the ISS for the ICARUS experiment on monitoring wild birds.

"Roscosmos" said Soyuz MS-08 with crew members on board is to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 21 for a five and half month mission at the ISS.