Wednesday, 20 June, 2018


Huntsman Attends Soyuz Spacecraft Launch with Russian-American-German Crew

Soyuz MS-09 rocket Soyuz MS-09 Takes New Crew to the International Space Station (+Photo)
Kristine Garrett | 08 June, 2018, 13:09

Aunon-Chancellor took off from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, along with Sergey Prokopyev of Russian Federation, who works for Roscosmos, and Alexander Gerst of Germany, who works for the European Space Agency. "Godspeed to @AstroSerena, Sergey Prokopyev and @Astro_Alex!"

A Russian Soyuz rocket rises from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, sending three spacefliers to the International Space Station. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted soon after the launch.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 7:12 a.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan. In the past 17 years, more than 230 people from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station.

Russian astronaut Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai of Japan and American Scott Tingle will end their 168 day mission, handing over command to the Expedition 56 crew.

The three astronauts will join Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are now on the station. They have been living on the five-bedroom house-sized space station (from the inside) since March 21 and will introduce all the systems and safety procedures to the newcomers. They assembled and tested the scientific gear required for the spacewalk, cleaned sample cartridges inside the station's Electro-Static Levitation Furnace, and prepped Plant Habitat-01 for future botany experiments.

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.

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