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.
The crew will be lifting off on a Soyuz MS-09 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. In the past 17 years, more than 230 people from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station. They launched for the mission onboard a Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-09, which lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome of Kazakhstan at around 7:12 a.m. EDT (GMT-4; 5:12 p.m. local time).
The ISS, which is orbiting 400 kilometers above the Earth, is now manned by three astronauts, including two Americans and one Russian.
The 56th long-distance expedition has already begun its work at the ISS, made up of the American Andrew Foistel, the ship's captain, the flight and cosmonaut engineer from Roskosmos Oleg Artiomov and NASA's Richard Arnold.
Among other things, Feustel and team have also been making preparations for the spacewalk scheduled to install wireless communications gear on the Harmony module next week.
As revealed by NASA, the space crew of 6 astronauts would be working in the upcoming days on around two hundred fifty science research in the fields of Earth Science, Biology, Human Research, Technological Development, and Physical Sciences. They are expected to reach the International Space Station on the morning of June 8.