It has been a few months since Soyuz 'failed launch has abandoned plans for astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to travel to the International Space Station, but eventually they arrived at their original destination. At a start on late Thursday Ovchinin and Hague went with the first-time astronaut Christina Koch on the ISS.
A few hours after launch, the Soyuz spaceship, which the trio used to dock with the Space Station, coupled the ISS population to its typical crew of six. The newly arrived scientists will spend about six months in space.
NASA is very pleased to have its new astronauts aboard the space station and gives a brief summary of the work the crew will do: [1
To be sent into space is only a very small percentage of people I have ever had the privilege to experience, but the crew of the ISS is not there for pleasure. Many of the experiments conducted at the spacecraft provide useful information for scientific initiatives on Earth as well as for future missions that will go deeper into space.
Later this month, new ISS resident Christina Koch will be part of the first female spacewalk as she and her NASA astronaut Anne McClain step out of the ship to perform various tasks and experiments.