Astronauts reach orbit safely after the launch of Soyuz spacecraft

The launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with Soyuz MS-09 manned spacecraft from the launch table of launch pad No.1 Gagarin's Start at Baikonur space center

Crew members from the United States, Germany, and Russian Federation docked with the International Space Station (ISS), joining the current crew, NASA and Russia's space agency said.

The new expedition's crew transferred to the world's sole obiter after checking the docking's air tightness and equalizing pressure between the docked spacecraft and the ISS, the Flight Control Center said.

In this image released by NASA, the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-09 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Astronauts who took the trip include Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos and the ESA's Alexander Gerst, from Germany.

The new space mission will be the second expedition for Gerst. They'll spend almost six months on the station, working alongside Artemyev as well as NASA's Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold.

The arrival of these three members will make the current crew members at the space station to six. He was a part of an Expedition crew of 40-41. 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.

At five hours and 23 minutes into the spacewalk, Feustel will surpass NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson's record of 60 hours and 21 minutes to move into third place for cumulative time spent during spacewalks. His mission's duration was 165 days.



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