Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts docks with space station

Mindy Sparks
June 11, 2018

NASA has launched its new Expedition 56-57 mission to the ISS.

The arrival of these three members will make the current crew members at the space station to six. If you're on the ground then you can only see the rocket take off, if you're on the International Space Station then you can only see the payload arrive, and if you're inside the rocket then you have a awful view of the whole thing.

The trio of astronauts that launched for the International Space Station earlier in the week safely made it to and docked at the orbiting laboratory Friday morning, June 8. Once the station's hatch opens, they will meet the ISS 55/56 crew comprising Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, as well as NASA astronauts and flight engineers Andrew Feustel and Richard R. Arnold.

The three astronauts will join Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are now on the station. The carrier was taken off on Wednesday (June 6) and has successfully entered a designated orbit. The Russian rocket carries USA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, and German astronaut Alexander Gerst. This mission program includes about 250 experiments which will be taking place under the physical sciences, human research, technology, biology and Earth Science. Arnold and Futsal will also install some equipment so that the upcoming United States commercial crew vehicles which are aligned with the worldwide docking adapter on the Harmony module of the ISS.

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