Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Aloha! Three new crewmates welcomed aboard space station, Hawaiian-style

Aloha! Three new crewmates welcomed aboard space station, Hawaiian-style

The trio of astronauts that launched for the International Space Station earlier in the week safely made it to and docked at the orbiting laboratory Friday morning, June 8.

The new expedition's crew transferred to the world's sole obiter after checking the docking's air tightness and equalizing pressure between the docked spacecraft and the ISS, the Flight Control Center said. Case in point, a recent launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia's Roscosmos sent three new astronauts to the ISS (Serena Auñón-Chancellor from NASA, Sergey Prokopyev from Roscosmos, and Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency) to take over for three astronauts who recently returned to Earth. They'll spend almost six months on the station, working alongside Artemyev as well as NASA's Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold.

NASA has launched its new Expedition 56-57 mission to the ISS. He was a part of an Expedition crew of 40-41. NASA says the arrival of this new crew helps aid its "long-term increase in crew size on the US segment from three to four, allowing NASA to maximize time dedicated to research on the space station". This coverage will be followed by coverage of the opening of the hatches in between the spacecraft and the space station. They lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket at 16:12 (local time) on Wednesday.

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