Soyuz rocket sends 3 to space station

Mindy Sparks
June 8, 2018

NASA is making it easy for stargazers and fans of space travel to watch the Wednesday morning, June 6 launch of three astronauts heading to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan.

With so much coverage given these days to unmanned rocket launches by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that we do actually continue to stick folks inside those super-powerful contraptions and send them into space.

The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the ISS at 04:07 p.m. Moscow time (1307 GMT) on Friday, Roscosmos said.

Once the astronauts connect with the space lab they will be greeted by astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev.

Bridenstine, the former Oklahoma congressman who was sworn in as leader of the space agency in April 2018, said: 'We're in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December. The crew of six will spend the coming months working on about 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development, according to NASA.

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.

NASA has a vast portfolio of different missions, but when rating nine of these missions, most Americans say that monitoring the climate system (63 percent) and monitoring asteroids and other near-Earth objects for potential collisions (62 percent) should be top priority. Gerst is the only astronaut of the mission that had participated in a space mission in 2014.

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