Russia's Soyuz MS-09 Spacecraft With 3 Crew Members Docks With ISS

11 Juin, 2018, 03:10 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • 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 hatches are open and the crew has moved to the ISS, cosmonauts are feeling well", the Flight Control Center said.

The new ISS 56/57 mission crew includes Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst and USA astronaut Serena Aunon.

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The new space mission will be the second expedition for Gerst. Alexander Gerst who is a member of the ESA, Serena Aunon who is the chancellor of NASA and Sergey Prokopyev who is a Russian cosmonaut are about to the reach the Rassvet module of the International Space Station at 9:07 am on Friday, June 8.

Expedition 56 joins commander Andrew Feustel, of Lake Orion, Michigan, and flight engineers Ricky Arnold and Russia's Oleg Artemyev on the ISS. The spacecraft will take two days to reach the International Space Station. NASA says the arrival of this new crew helps aid its "long-term increase in crew size on the USA segment from three to four, allowing NASA to maximize time dedicated to research on the space station". He was a part of an Expedition crew of 40-41. They lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket at 16:12 (local time) on Wednesday.


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