The latest crew to join the others on the International Space Station has launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after a technical glitch that delayed the flight for most of a month.
The Soyuz MS-02 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 19 (2:05 p.m. Baikonur time). At the time of launch, the space station was flying 252 statute miles over the south Atlantic, east of Brazil. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are now safely in orbit.
Over the next two days, the trio will orbit the Earth 34 times before docking to the space station’s Poisk module at 5:59 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 5:15 a.m.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov are shown below before embarking aboard the Soyuz spaceship.
The Soyuz MS-02 rocket is shown below being prepared for upcoming launch on October 16, 2016. Across the world the Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched from Wallops Flight Center, Virginia on its 6-day trek to the space station.
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Written By: Mark Garcia NASA
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