German, US, Russian Crews Dock With Space Station

Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts docks with space station

The trio of astronauts that launched for the International Space Station earlier in the week safely made it to and docked at the orbiting laboratory Friday morning, June 8.

The Soyuz spacecraft is carrying with it some of the well known and experienced crew members to reach the ISS. The three astronauts that make up Expedition 56 are Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency.

Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts docks with space station
Soyuz spacecraft’s crew transfers to orbital outpost after docking

The crew members are also being greeted by family and friends who watched the docking and hatch opening from the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow. It is carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of the United States, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian Federation and German Alexander Gerst, flying for the European Space Agency. Presently, the ISS is home to the NASA astronaut Drew Futsal, Oleg Artemyev and Ricky Arnold. Over this period, the crewmembers will be working with the Progress MS and US Dragon resupply ships, performing a program of 55 applied researches and experiments and carrying out spacewalks. He performed his first space flight from May 28 to November 10, 2014 as part of Expedition 40/41 in the capacity of the flight engineer of the Souyz TMA-13M spacecraft and the space station. His mission's duration was 165 days. 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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