Three people on their way to the International Space Station

Jul 29, 2017, 00:30
Three people on their way to the International Space Station

The Soyuz MS-05 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 11:41 a.m. EDT Friday, July 28 (9:41 p.m.in Baikonur).

The 49-year-old served in the Marine Corps where he was a test pilot and flew combat missions in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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The Expedition 52/53 crew will conduct research from SpaceX's 12th resupply mission before returning about four months later in December. Bresnik told CBS News that they'll be able to monitor the eclipse, since they'll pass underneath it three times during orbit.

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. He was selected as an astronaut in 2004. Their journey to the space station was expected to take just over six hours.

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Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and United States astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson are now working aboard the ISS. Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy first trained for space flights as the commander of a crew during Russia's 105-day Mars500 isolation experiment in 2009. This is Whitson's third long-duration stay on the International Space Station - she will have spent more than 650 days in space by the time she returns to Earth in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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