Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) witnessed the latest group of their colleagues leaving Earth today (September 21).
Russian Soyuz missile launch Astronauts Sergei Prokopyev, Dmitry Petlin and Frank Rubio from NASA into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome In Kazakhstan this morning. Spaceflight motion has been observed by International Space Station (ISS) astronauts as they approach from 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.
“We had a great view of the #Soyuz launch! Sergey, Dmitriy and Frank will be coming knocking on our door in just a couple of hours…and we look forward to welcoming them to their new home!” European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti He said on Twitter today (Opens in a new tab)in a post that included two photos of the launch from above.
Pictures: Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti takes the historic first female spacewalk in Europe
Prokopyev, Petlin, and Rubio came knocking at the door soon; they Soyuz spacecraft It docked with the International Space Station at 1:06 p.m. EDT (1706 GMT) today, three hours after launch.
Cristoforetti is part of the current Expedition 67 of the International Space Station, which is led by cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. The other crew members are NASA astronauts Denis Matveev, Sergey Korsakov, Bob Heinz, Kjell Lindgren, Jessica Watkins – and now Prokopyev, Petlin and Rubio.
Haynes also posted some photos of today’s Soyuz launch on Twitter as well. Ever wonder what [rocket] Launch looks like from space? Something amazing!!” astronaut books (Opens in a new tab).
And Artemyev will pass the matter on to Christoforiti next week before he and his companions return to Earth, ushering in Expedition 68. This will be a big moment; No European woman has ever commanded a mission on the International Space Station before.
The International Space Station will welcome another new group of colleagues a few weeks from now, if all goes according to plan. NASA’s Nicole Mann and Josh Casada, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata and astronaut Anna Kekina are scheduled to launch to the orbiting lab Oct. SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission to NASA.
Shortly after the Crew-5 arrives, Cristoforetti, Hines, Lindgren and Watkins will leave the International Space Station and fly home to their planes. SpaceX Dragon capsule. Their arrival on Earth will mark the end of SpaceX Crew Mission 4.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:10pm EST on September 21 to include a Twitter photo and comments posted by astronaut Bob Hines.
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