Soyuz Lifts US, Russian Astronauts Into Position for ISS Rendezvous

Three crew members set for launch to International Space Station on Friday

Three crew members set for launch to International Space Station on Friday

A Russian Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft with the crew of a new expedition has reached the near-Earth orbit and is heading for the International Space Station (ISS), State Space Corporation Roscosmos told TASS on Friday.

The Expedition 52/53 crew will conduct research from SpaceX's 12th resupply mission before returning about four months later in December.

Bresnik, like his fellow crewmembers, will also see the Great American Solar Eclipse a total of three times, Space.com reports.

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

NASA's Randy Bresnik, Russia's Sergei Ryazansky and Italy's Paolo Nespoli blasted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan at 21:41 p.m. Friday. Their journey to the space station was expected to take just over six hours. In 2009 he flew aboard space shuttle Atlantis to the station. He ultimately served as flight engineer aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft in 2013, and spent 166 days in space - this will be his second launch and long-duration mission.

The trio will join the Expedition 52 crew, which includes Peggy Whitson (NASA) of Iowa, Fyodor Yurchikhin (Roscosmos) from the country of Georgia and Jack Fischer (NASA) of Colorado. Those three will remain on the ISS until September, when they will return to Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft.

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