Veteran 3-Man Crew Launches to International Space Station

29 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Archie Newman
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As astronaut who graduated from the University of Tennessee will spend the next four months on the International Space Station.

This morning, a trio of astronauts will make their way to the International Space Station, launching on top of a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan.

The incoming passengers include NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, and cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos.

Live launch coverage began at 10:45 am EDT on NASA Television and the agency's website.

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NASA reported that Flight Engineer Whitson earlier this week was doing research for a cancer study that may help develop more effective treatments for cancer patients.

NASA will start sending astronauts up to the station using ships developed by SpaceX and Boeing by the end of next year. He ultimately served as flight engineer aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft in 2013, and spent 166 days in space - this will be his second launch and long-duration mission. According to NASA's space station blog, one of the effects of living in space is a tendency of bodily fluids to move up toward the head, which may lead to vision damage.

The new ISS crew members are safely in the orbit after the launch and will travel for six hours in the spacecraft before docking to the space station's Rassvet module at 6 pm.

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