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Soyuz takes three crew to space station

Soyuz space capsule takes three crew to an orbiting laboratory. A Soyuz space capsule successfully boarded the International Space Station on Friday carrying US astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. They will join Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson of NASA, as well as Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos.

Tinuku Soyuz takes three crew to space station

Soyuz MS-05 flies Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazansky and Paolo Nespoli from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan shortly after sunset at 21:41 pm on Friday (15:41 GMT, 11:41 a.m. EDT).

They will travel to orbit for six hours before docking at the space station. All three will join Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson from the United States as well as Russian veteran Fyodor Yurchikhin.

Ryazanskiy is a doctor in biomedicine as the first cosmonaut scientist who served as commander of Soyuz and has spent 166 days at the station in 2013 and 2014. Ryazanskiy led one of three international crew during the 500-day Mars simulation mission in 2009. Soyuz takes three crew to space station

Bresnik is an F/A-18 pilot with a flying time of more than 6,000 hours on high-performance aircraft and has spent 10 days in space as a crew member during the 2009 mission. Nespoli headed for the third space into a 174-day orbit.

Incoming crew will contribute to more than 250 experiments conducted in orbiting laboratories in the fields of biology, human research, physics and technology development.


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