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Friday, October 20, 2017

Three Astronauts Arrive Space Station After 6 Hours Flight From Earth

Astronauts blast off from Baikonur cosmodrome to International Space Station Two Americans and one Russian have left Earth to start their five-month tenure aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz capsule is also carrying a model of the first-ever artificial satellite, Sputnik. NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with
Russia's cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin early on Wednesday.


Their capsule successfully entered orbit and docked at the ISS after a six-hour flight, NASA and the Russian Roscosmos said. Once the hatches are open, they will join the NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russia's Sergey Ryazanskiy and ESA's Paolo Nespoli, who arrived at the station in July. 

This is the third flight to space for the 50-year-old Acaba, who became the first person with Puerto Rican heritage to complete NASA's astronaut training in 2006. He had spent 138 days in space before starting the current mission. The other American astronaut, Vande Hei, had no space experience before the Wednesday flight. Hei, who is also 50-years old, served with the US army in Iraq before starting his career in NASA. Russia's Alexander Misurkin, a 39-year-old air force major, spent time aboard the ISS in 2013. ....


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