NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two Russian cosmonauts are settling into their new house on the Intercontinental House Station immediately after today’s start and docking of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
The Soyuz was introduced from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:05 p.m. area time (1:05 a.m. PT), carrying Cassidy and Russian crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner into house. Immediately after a 4-orbit, six-hour trip, the trio arrived at the station and floated by the hatch to fulfill up with room station inhabitants Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka.
Cassidy, a veteran of two prior spaceflights, is due to develop into the station’s commander eight days from now when Morgan, Meir and Skripochka return to Earth. Morgan will have used 271 times in orbit, a for a longer time-than-typical stint which is aimed at serving to NASA understand the outcomes of very long-length spaceflight.
The recently arrived trio’s tour of responsibility is envisioned to final 6 and a half months. If all goes according to strategy, they’ll greet NASA’s Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken upcoming month when they get there on the initial-at any time SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to carry astronauts.