Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Watch Astronauts Fly To The Space Station

Watch Astronauts Fly To The Space Station

News Brief: Three spacefliers from three different countries are on their way to the International Space Station for a almost six-month tour of duty after today's launch from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "Godspeed to @AstroSerena, Sergey Prokopyev and @Astro_Alex!"

As for NASA, after the retiring of the Space Shuttle, it launched zero manned missions from U.S soil and using US technology.

The Soyuz MS-09 rocket is pictured standing at its launch pad on a clear blue day at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA will launch a new rotation of crew members to the International Space Station Wednesday morning.

Following blast-off, the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the astronauts will orbit the Earth for about two days. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December.

These three astronauts would be joining the three spacemen, namely NASA's Drew Feustel, the commander of Expedition 56; NASA's Ricky Arnold; and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, already aboard the orbiting space station. They assembled and tested the scientific gear required for the spacewalk, cleaned sample cartridges inside the station's Electro-Static Levitation Furnace, and prepped Plant Habitat-01 for future botany experiments. While there, they would be conducting around 250 science investigations in biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

This crew continues the long-term increase in crew size on the U.S. segment from three to four, allowing NASA to maximise time dedicated to research on the space station.

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