Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to carry three astronauts to International Space Station

Russian Soyuz Spacecraft to carry three astronauts to International Space Station

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new crew members for the International Space Station (ISS) is all set to launch this Friday, officials have announced.

The Soyuz MS-05 will launch from a launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:41 a.m. EDT Friday (GMT-4; 9:41 p.m. local time).

It will be carrying flight commander Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, flight engineers Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency.

When asked for a comment, Bresnik said, “Sergey is the first scientist-commander of the Soyuz and with his Mars experience and just the good character of the person he is, he’s been an outstanding commander for us to prepare for our flight.”

The spacecraft will take a nearly 6½ hours to reach the space station’s Rassvet module.

The trio’s arrival at the ISS will boost the orbiting lab’s crew back to six. NASA and its partner agencies are confident that increase in the number of crew members aboard the orbiting lab will dramatically boost research.

NASA official release further informed...

After launching, the trio will travel for six hours in the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft before docking to the space station’s Rassvet module at 6 p.m. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Hatches between the Soyuz and station will open at approximately 7:40 p.m. The arriving crew will be welcomed onboard by Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA. Coverage of hatch opening and welcoming ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m.

The soon-to-be six crew members of Expedition 52 will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station.