Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrovnik from Roscosmos, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy from Roscosmos, center, and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei. NASA
After two rounds of spaceship moving on the International Space Station , the path is now clear for the next lots of crew members to make the trip to the Orbital Science Lab, starting with a trio taking off from Kazakhstan early on Friday.
NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrovnikare are scheduled to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 12:42 PM PT and dock with the ISS just over three hours later. They will join the seven crew members who already live there. Science
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Last month, three of the ISS crew members boarded the Soyuz capsule currently parked at the station and made a short trip to move it from a Land- facing port to a port facing space. It is the cosmic equivalent of pulling the car back to make room for people to park in front.
The Soyuz capsule carrying Vande Hei, Novitskiy and Doubrovare on Friday will occupy this port facing Earth which was liberated last month.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon performed a similar maneuver for the first timeon April 5 to make room for another Crew Dragon which will transport four more astronauts to the ISS on April 22.
Before this flight, nicknamed Crew-2 , NASA flight engineer Kate Rubins and Cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will return to Earth on April 16.
Clearly rush hour in orbit this month. You can watch Friday's launch on NASA TV and via the stream below. Coverage begins at 11:45 p.m. PT Thursday night.
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