It’s been a lot of months because the failed Soyuz launch derailed plans for astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to move to the Worldwide Area Station, however they lastly made it to their authentic vacation spot. In a launch late Thursday, each Ovchinin and Hague headed to the ISS with first-time house traveler Christina Koch.
A couple of hours after launch, the Soyuz spacecraft carrying the trio docked with the house station, bringing the inhabitants of the ISS again as much as its typical crew rely of six. The newly-arrived scientists will spend roughly the subsequent six months in house.
NASA is mighty completely satisfied to have its new astronauts aboard the house station, and supplied a short abstract of the varieties of labor the crew shall be dealing with:
The crew members will spend greater than six months conducting about 250 science investigations in fields akin to biology, Earth science, human analysis, bodily sciences, and expertise improvement. Seventy-five of the investigations are new and have by no means been carried out in house. A few of the investigations are sponsored by the U.S. Nationwide Laboratory on the house station, which Congress designated in 2005 to maximise its use for bettering high quality of life on Earth.
Being despatched into house is one thing that solely a really small share of people have ever had the privilege of experiencing, however the crew of the ISS isn’t there for pleasure. Lots of the experiments being carried out on the spacecraft present helpful info for scientific initiatives again on Earth, in addition to future missions that may go deeper into house.
Later this month, new ISS inhabitant Christina Koch shall be a part of the primary all-female spacewalk when she and fellow NASA astronaut Anne McClain step exterior the ship to carry out quite a lot of duties and experiments.