The new crew arrives aboard the International Space Station to bring the complement to five members. To note, Peggy Whitson is approaching the longest stint in space in longevity. She has also been contacted that she will be in touch with Donald Trump, the president of the United States on her achievements.
Two new crew members are aboard the International Space Station. The hatches on the space station and Soyuz MS-04 opened at 11:25 a.m. EDT, marking the arrival to the orbiting laboratory for NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
Along with Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), the arriving crew members will contribute to more than 250 research experiments ongoing aboard the space station, in diverse fields such as biology, Earth Science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.
The following is the event arrival at the space station:
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos have docked to the International Space Station’s Poisk module in their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft at 9:18 a.m. EDT.
NASA TV will resume at 10:45 a.m. for coverage of hatch opening. When hatches between the Soyuz and space station open at approximately 11:05 a.m., the two crew members will join Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), who have been aboard the complex since November.
And, earlier, here is more about the crew launch to the space station:
The Soyuz MS-04 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 3:13 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 20 (1:13 p.m. Baikonur time). At the time of launch, the space station was flying about 250 miles over northeast Kazakhstan near the southern Russian border. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikin of Roscosmos are now safely in orbit.
The pair will travel on a fast-track, six-hour course to the space station and dock to the Poisk module at 9:23 a.m. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 8:30 a.m. Once the crew arrives at the station, they will be welcomed by Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency). Hatches between the Soyuz and space station will open at approximately 11:05 a.m. NASA TV coverage of hatch opening and welcome ceremonies will begin at 10:45 a.m.
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Written By: Mark Garcia NASA
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