Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

3 astronauts make two-day launch to International Space Station

3 astronauts make two-day launch to International Space Station

A camera mounted outside the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft provided live views of the rocket's ascent into orbit, and it showed the Soyuz launcher's third stage jettisoning from the capsule, venting gas to steer clear of the crew's spaceship.

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

The manned spacecraft is carrying Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev (the Soyuz MS-09's commander), NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and representative of the European Space Agency (ESA) Alexander Gerst.

The daring trio are launching towards the ISS under the station's Expedition 56. The mission program includes 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology. That team is comprised of Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev.

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On Friday, June 8, NASA will again focus on the astronauts approaching the space station.

The International Space Station's international nature does of course complicate the idea of the US turning it over to a commercial consortium, and Bridenstine told the Post that he was aware companies may find it "hard to close the business case".

Just over two hours later the astronauts are expected to walk through the opening hatch and be greeted by their fellow astronauts. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December.

The ISS crew spent a staggering 168 days in orbit, circling the Earth 2,688 times and covering a distance of 71.2 million miles.

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