Published: Mon, July 22, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Three astronauts arrive at Int'l Space Station

Three astronauts arrive at Int'l Space Station

The International Space Station has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometers per hour (17,000 miles per hour) since 1998.

The Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft is mounted on the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 18, 2019.

The new crew will be working aboard the ISS for 201 days and are to perform nearly 50 scientific experiments.

NASA said: "The arrival restores the station's crew complement to six".

Mrs Koch herself was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 2013 and is working on the ISS as part of the Expedition 59, 60 and upcoming Expedition 61 crews. Up to three members can return to Earth aboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft, which functions as a lifeboat when the crew has to return to Earth unexpectedly. Work on the unique microgravity laboratory advances scientific knowledge and demonstrates new technologies, making research breakthroughs that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration of the Moon and Mars.

The trio are scheduled to blast-off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:28 p.m. ET on Saturday, 9:28 p.m. local time.

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He tweeted from space: "Chasing @Space_Station..."

The three crew members are expected to arrive at the ISS at around 11:50pm CEST where they will be welcomed by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin who launched in March.

The launch took place on the same date that NASA's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon in 1969, marking a defining moment in the so-called "space race" with the Soviet Union.

. Astronauts Hague and Morgan will perform a spacewalk in August to install the docking port, and while they're out there they will also install a new high-definition camera to monitor the exterior of the station.

Sunday, July 21, on the worldwide space station (ISS) came a new crew.

The space station has been continuously occupied since November 2000 - two years after its components first launched into space. He will spend nine months on the orbiting space lab.

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