Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

3 astronauts make two-day launch to International Space Station

3 astronauts make two-day launch to International Space Station

It will be the second flight for German Alexander Gerst, and the first for the other astronauts, American Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor from Indianapolis and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos. Also, some 80% of Americans say the International Space Station has been a good investment for the country.

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

ISS residents' missions typically last five to six months.

It will take them two days to travel there.

The livestream above, courtesy of NASA TV's public streaming service, began coverage at 11.15pm BST straight from the Kazakhstani Cosmodrome.


According to NASA, the trio will orbit Earth a total of 34 times before arriving at the outpost on Friday, June 8.

The three astronauts returned safely to Earth on June 3 in a parachute-assisted landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The mission program includes 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology.

SpaceX is aiming to play a part in helping NASA to return human spaceflight launches to American soil while ferrying astronauts to and from the ISS, while its long-term goal is to build a reliable, reusable, and cost-effective rocket system for far more ambitious journeys to Mars and beyond. Overall, 58% of USA adults believe it is essential to include the use of human astronauts in the future US space program, while 41% say astronauts are not essential.

When it comes to political parties, 70 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Americans believe that NASA is still vital in the future of the industry, but only 59 percent of the total Republicans and Republican-leaning Americans say the same.

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