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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is ready for a 2nd 'bucket list' trip to the space station

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov are scheduled to launch for a six-month stay on the space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan early Wednesday.

(CNN)Just a few weeks ahead of the 20th anniversary of a continuous human presence in space, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov are scheduled to launch for a stay on the International Space Station.

Rubins will vote in the US presidential election from the space station, according to NASA.

Returning to the space station will allow Rubins to check some items off her bucket list.

"The space station has been separate from Earth for 20 years," Rubins said.

Sequencing DNA can reveal huge amounts of information, Rubins said, so applying sequencing to the station's microbiome can reveal a microbial picture of the space station -- and how it differs from Earth.

The 20th anniversary of a continuous human presence on the space station occurs on November 1 during the beginning of Rubins' second six-month mission.

"It's going to be incredible to have seven people on the space station," Rubins said.

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