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Old 11-18-2016, 03:22 AM
 
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NASA’s Peggy Whitson flew to ISS on Russian rocket Soyuz. Noveber 17, 2016.
A Soyuz rocket with three new members of the International Space Station’s crew has been launched from the Russian spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, the ESA’s Thomas Pesquet and NASA’s Peggy Whitson will travel for two days before docking on the ISS, where they are expected to stay for six months.
The trio will be greeted aboard the ISS by cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko and NASA’s Shane Kimbrough, who have been living on the space station since October.
The crew of six will conduct hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science before their scheduled return next year.
Upon arrival, NASA’s Whitson will become the first woman to ever command the space station twice, she was also the first woman to hold the command position during her last stint in 2007.

READ MORE: Upgraded Soyuz spacecraft brings Int’l Space Station Expedition 49 back to Earth

Flight commander Novitsky is a former combat Air Force pilot who switched to space travel in 2007. He is a veteran cosmonaut, this being his fourth space mission and third ISS expedition.

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