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Three cosmonauts set to join the crew aboard Int’l Space Station

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 14 2019 11:37AM
Three cosmonauts set to join the crew aboard Int’l Space Station
Washington/New Delhi, Mar 14 (HS): Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, March 14 (according to IST, Friday, March 15). The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. This launch will also mark the fourth Expedition crew with two female astronauts. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, are set to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft at 3:14 p.m. EDT (12:14 a.m. March 15 Kazakhstan time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a six-hour journey to the station. The new crew members will dock to the Rassvet module at 9:07 p.m. Expedition 59 will begin officially at the time of docking. About two hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open and the new residents will be greeted by NASA astronaut Anne McClain, station commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency. The current three-person crew just welcomed the first American commercial crew vehicle as it docked to the station on March 3, amidst a busy schedule of scientific research and operations since arriving in December. (Courtesy NASA) Hindusthan Samachar/Shri Ram Shaw
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