New NASA Chief Vows US Will Always Have Astronauts in Orbit

Soyuz MS-09 Launches to the ISS Will Orbit 34 Times Around the Earth Watch Video

Soyuz MS-09 Launches to the ISS Will Orbit 34 Times Around the Earth Watch Video

The trio of astronauts were successfully launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m. ET Wednesday, 5:12 p.m. local time.

The manned spacecraft is carrying Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev (the Soyuz MS-09's commander), NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and representative of the European Space Agency (ESA) Alexander Gerst. Already aboard the space outpost are NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, as well as Oleg Artemyev of Russia's Roscosmos.

You can catch the coverage from 8:15 a.m. ET, with the docking expected to take place at 9:07 a.m. ET.


The manned Soyuz spacecraft will be performing its autonomous flight using a two-day scheme.

The three astronauts returned safely to Earth on June 3 in a parachute-assisted landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Even as private companies are emerging in the industry, NASA remains an absolutely necessary source of space discovery, according to study participants.

Time will tell if any of the new crew members gain the profile of some earlier ISS inhabitants, including Chris Hadfield who became an online star for his cover of Bowie's Space Oddity, among other things, and Tim Peake, who had a fun time explaining how space toilets work and why somersaults in the space station don't make you dizzy. A flight surgeon, she previously had been in Russian Federation supporting medical operations for International Space Station crew members in Star City. By comparison, fewer Americans say crewed space missions should be top priorities, with 18% saying that sending astronauts to Mars should be a top priority and only 13% saying the same about the moon. Overall, 58% of USA adults believe it is essential to include the use of human astronauts in the future US space program, while 41% say astronauts are not essential.

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