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American, Russian cheered as they reach Intl Space Station

American, Russian cheered as they reach Intl Space Station

The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft carrying veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA rookie Jack Fischer shot into the sky in bright conditions at 0713 GMT.

A Russian and an American blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the first two-person launch to the International Space Station in over a decade. About nine minutes into their voyage, the stuffed dog leaped into the air, then began to drift at the end of the string around its neck. The spacecraft is planned to dock at the ISS at 4:22 p.m. Moscow time on the same day, with Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Jack Fischer of NASA aboard.

Station Commander Peggy Whitson along with Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet trained for the rendezvous and grapple of the Cygnus cargo ship Saturday morning.

"I learnt from the master".

"The basic crew comprises Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and USA astronaut Jack Fischer", a Roscosmos spokesman said. On that day, Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, will have spent 535 days in space, more time than any other American astronaut. Jeffrey Williams now holds the record.

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The ADEC also said that two leaks have been identified at the well, one near the top and one further down the well assembly. The oil company will ultimately have to "kill the well", an expensive and unsafe process that stops the extraction process.

She is expected to receive a congratulatory phone call on Monday from U.S. President Donald Trump, NASA said on Wednesday.

Now on her third long-duration mission, she already holds the record for the most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut.

At 57, Whitson also is the oldest woman to have been in space.

It's the fifth mission to the space station for Yurchikhin, but the first for Fischer, who he says there is one aspect of space station life that you can't train for on Earth: using a zero-gravity toilet.


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