NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today (Sept. 25) at 9:57 am EDT (1457 GMT or 6:57 p.m. local time). Christina Koch
"What it looks like from @Space_Station when your best friend achieves her lifelong dream to go to space, "Cook wrote in a tweet sharing the image yesterday (on Sept. 25). "Caught the second stage in progress! We can not wait to welcome you onboard, crew of Soyuz 61!"
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Meir and Skripochka wants to stay on board the space station until February; their companionship Almansoori returns to Earth in a week, as he is a spaceflight participation. Koch wants to be home with Meir and Skripochka, completing the longest single spaceflight by a woman . She arrived in orbit on March 1
Before becoming an astronaut, Meir is trained as a biologist, and she has received a flock of geese. She has already completed a stint with NASA's underwater research program.