Astronauts en route to space station after successful launch

Soyuz MS-09 rocket

A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a manned Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.

"During the launch on June 6, new methods were tested for the first time to exercise visual control of the space rocket's flight". This crew will be comprised of Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency.

"The crew will orbit Earth 34 times before the spacecraft's arrival and docking", NASA announced in an update.

The three astronauts will join Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are now on the station.

The Soyuz MS-09 is set to arrive at the International Space Station Friday morning.

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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 crew of six will spend the coming months working on about 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development, according to NASA.

Bridenstine, who became NASA administrator in April, said in a Washington Post interview that he has "talked to many large corporations that are interested in getting involved in [managing the ISS] through a consortium".

With a view to deploying its reusable rocket system for crewed trips to and from the space station, SpaceX is continuing to develop its Dragon capsule.

On Wednesday, Bridenstine also promised to always have an astronaut in space.

This launch comes on the heels of the safe return to Earth of Expedition 55, which was made up of NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Japan's Norishige Kanai and mission commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Space Agency.

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