Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

NASA launches new crew to the International Space Station

NASA launches new crew to the International Space Station

A space crew consisting of three astronauts, namely Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, and the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst from Germany, blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday 6 June.

The crew will be lifting off on a Soyuz MS-09 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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

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

The launch is scheduled to take place at 7:12 a.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan.

The trio would have to spent the better part of the next two days enclosed in the capsule, as it slowly climbs while orbiting the Earth towards the ISS.

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The three astronauts will join Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are now on the station.

The three of them will carry out scientific experiments until the next 8th, when the new crew will arrive at the ship to carry out full-time work.

This crew continues the long-term increase in crew size on the USA segment from three to four, allowing NASA to maximise time dedicated to research on the space station. They have been preparing for a June 14 spacewalk. ISS expeditions typically last for five to six months, but in March 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russia's Mikhail Kornienko completed a year-long stay on the station in a bid to bolster research into long-term space travel and its effect.

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