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US-Russian trio blast off on mission to space station


Nepalnews
2021 Apr 09, 17:13, MOSCOW
Image Source: ROSCOMOS Space Agency via AP

 A Russian-U.S. trio of space travelers launched successfully heading for the International Space Station on Friday.

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov blasted off as scheduled at 12:42 PM (07:42 GMT, 3:42 AM EDT) aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

They are set to dock at the station after a two-orbit, three-hour journey.

It’s the second space mission for Vande Hei and the third for Novitskiy, while Dubrov is on his first mission.

During their mission, the crew will work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science & Earth science.

The launch comes three days before the 60th anniversary of the first human flight to space by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the 40th anniversary of the first launch of NASA’s space shuttle.

“When we started, we were competing with each other and that was one of the reasons we were so successful at the beginning of human space flight,” Vande Hei said at a pre-flight news conference onThursday. “And as time went on, we realized that by working together we can achieve even more. And of course, that’s continuing to this day and I hope that it will continue into the future.”

On the space outpost, the trio will join NASA’s Kate Rubins, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, Russians Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov & Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

Rubins, Ryzhikov & Kud-Sverchkov arrived in a Soyuz ship in October; Hopkins, Glover, Walker & Noguchi — the crew of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience — joined them in November.

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