Trio of astronauts headed to International Space Station

Trio of astronauts headed to International Space Station”

A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a manned Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, SpaceX will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for a second time in late October.

The three spacemen blasting off into space are NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, and German astronaut Alexander Gerst. They are expected to reach the International Space Station on the morning of June 8. That team is comprised of Americans Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian Oleg Artemyev.

The three astronauts returned safely to Earth on June 3 in a parachute-assisted landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The mission program includes 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology.

The International Space Station's newest crew members are en route to their new home.

The capsule has already made several trips to and from the space station, taking supplies and other cargo. Gerst is the only astronaut of the mission that had participated in a space mission in 2014.

In this program, the audience will have a rare opportunity to learn about space from the insiders: what it's like to live and work in space, to be an astronaut and be responsible for the ISS, its overall mission success, the safety of its crew and station; as well as what is involved in handling the complex challenges of one of the most ambitious global collaborations (22 participating member countries) ever attempted.

Blue Origin, on the other hand, is testing a system that it hopes will form the basis of a commercial space tourism service, though it also has ambitions far beyond that.

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