Trio of astronauts blast off to global space station

Oleg Artemyev/@OlegMKS tweeted

Oleg Artemyev/@OlegMKS tweeted"The hatches are closed just over an hour before the"union is undocked from the station

A trio of astronauts from NASA, Roscosmos, and the European Space Agency is set to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, June 6, and space enthusiasts on Earth will get a chance to watch the launch live. "Godspeed to @AstroSerena, Sergey Prokopyev and @Astro_Alex!"

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

The ISS, which is orbiting 400 kilometers above the Earth, is now manned by three astronauts, including two Americans and one Russian.

As for NASA, after the retiring of the Space Shuttle, it launched zero manned missions from U.S soil and using USA technology. 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). Already aboard the space outpost are NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, as well as Oleg Artemyev of Russia's Roscosmos.

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. Docking and reaching the station is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 8.

We had contacts with the representatives of the USA space agency NASA and the European Space Agency, after which we agreed to maintain the coordination to act as a whole, Rogozin declared. Gerst had previously worked at the space station for one hundred sixty-five days in the year 2014.

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