“It fills me, frankly, with great pride to be a Salvadoran and for my son to say he is proud to represent El Salvador,” said Myrna Argueta after watching the launch on a big screen surrounded by well-wishers. Kazakhstan stops at the International Space Station just 3 hours later. Rubio, a physician and former Army paratrooper from Miami, was riding under a new crew swap deal between the United States and Russia, which was finalized in July. The agreement is a sign of continued cooperation between Russia and the US in space despite tensions over Moscow’s war in Ukraine. This is Rubio’s first space mission since becoming an astronaut in 2017. Rubio, a Salvadoran-born pilot and doctor, expects to spend more than six months in the Space Station.