New NASA Chief Vows US Will Always Have Astronauts in Orbit

Mindy Sparks
June 8, 2018

A trio of astronauts from Russian Federation, the United States and the European Space Agency blasted off Wednesday for a mission on the International Space Station. Prokopyev, a rookie space flier, was blanked in the Soyuz left-hand seat by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, veteran of a previous space station expedition in 2014, and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, also making her first trip into orbit.

Rather than dismantling the space station, the memo said, the plan was to "expand global and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit".

They will join Expedition 56 commander Drew Feustel and flight engineers Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos.

ISS residents' missions typically last five to six months.

The journey from Kazakhstan to the orbiting laboratory is expected to take two days with the trio set to make it by Friday morning. The hatch opening will occur at just after 11 a.m. ET, with the three astronauts entering the space station soon after.

"The crew will orbit Earth 34 times before the spacecraft's arrival and docking", NASA announced in an update. Only 18 percent of respondents said NASA should send humans to Mars and even fewer think astronauts should return to the moon.

While at the ISS, the crew will continue working on experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. A flight surgeon, she previously had been in Russian Federation supporting medical operations for International Space Station crew members in Star City.

"Strong public support that the US should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups".

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