By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Related Press
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian-U.S. trio of area vacationers launched efficiently Friday, heading for the Worldwide House Station.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov blasted off as scheduled at 12:42 p.m. (0742 GMT, 3:42 a.m. EDT) aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.
They’re set to dock on the station after a two-orbit, three-hour journey.
It’s the second area mission for Vande Hei and the third for Novitskiy, whereas Dubrov is on his first mission.
Throughout their mission, the crew will work on lots of of experiments in biology, biotechnology, bodily science and Earth science.
The launch comes three days earlier than the sixtieth anniversary of the primary human flight to area by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the fortieth anniversary of the primary launch of NASA’s area shuttle.
“Once we began, we had been competing with one another and that was one of many causes we had been so profitable firstly of human area flight,” Vande Hei mentioned at a pre-flight information convention Thursday. “And as time went on, we realized that by working collectively we will obtain much more. And naturally, that’s persevering with to this present day and I hope that it’s going to proceed into the long run.”
On the area outpost, the trio will be part of NASA’s Kate Rubins, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov arrived in a Soyuz ship in October; Hopkins, Glover, Walker and Noguchi — the crew of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience — joined them in November.
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