Aloha! Three new crewmates welcomed aboard space station, Hawaiian-style

Christopher Davidson
June 11, 2018

The crew of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that docked to the Russian Rassvet module of the International Space Station (ISS) at 4:01 p.m. Moscow time moved to the orbital outpost, Russia's Flight Control Center told TASS on Friday.

The Soyuz spacecraft is carrying with it some of the well known and experienced crew members to reach the ISS. 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.

The new space mission will be the second expedition for Gerst. The spacecraft will take two days to reach the International Space Station. Case in point, a recent launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia's Roscosmos sent three new astronauts to the ISS (Serena Auñón-Chancellor from NASA, Sergey Prokopyev from Roscosmos, and Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency) to take over for three astronauts who recently returned to Earth.

Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts docks with space station

The arrival of these three members will make the current crew members at the space station to six.

Feustel, commander of the station's Expedition 56, and flight engineer Arnold are scheduled to begin the spacewalk at 8:10 a.m. For Prokopyev and Aunon-Chancellor, this expedition will be the first in their career.

The new crew members, who blasted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on June 6, are expected to remain on the ISS for five months.

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