Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

These astronauts will whiz around Earth 34 times before reaching space station

These astronauts will whiz around Earth 34 times before reaching space station

"During the launch on June 6, new methods were tested for the first time to exercise visual control of the space rocket's flight".

Bridenstine doesn't deny climate change anymore, but Tuesday he told The Washington Post he has talked to private companies about running the International Space Station.

A Russian spacecraft carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos and the ESA's Alexander Gerst, from Germany, lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket at 1612 local time (4:12 a.m. PDT) Wednesday.

"The crew will orbit Earth 34 times before the spacecraft's arrival and docking", NASA announced in an update.

The Russian Soyuz MS-09 ship is set to reach the ISS on Friday.

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A fun fact for Michiganders is that with Expedition 55 leaving the space station, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos handed control of the space station over to NASA astronaut, and MI native, Andrew J. Feustel. The hatch opening will occur at just after 11 a.m. ET, with the three astronauts entering the space station soon after. Epps remains in consideration for future missions, NASA said.

Once on board, the crew will spend their time carrying out around 250 different science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development.

With a view to deploying its reusable rocket system for crewed trips to and from the space station, SpaceX is continuing to develop its Dragon capsule.

Bridenstine also said his top two priorities were the resumption of human spaceflight from the US -since 2011, American astronauts have relied on Russian transportation to get to the ISS-and going back to the Moon with the help of a new, nearby outpost that could ferry supplies there.

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