Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Watch astronauts blast off to the International Space Station

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Sandy Nunez | 08 June, 2018, 12:55

A trio of astronauts from Russian Federation, the United States and the European Space Agency blasted off Wednesday for a mission on the International Space Station.

The arrival of Auñón-Chancellor, Gerst and Prokopyev will bring the station's compliment back up to six (they will join the other Expedition 56 crew, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos already serving on the ISS).

According to NASA, the trio will orbit Earth a total of 34 times before arriving at the outpost on Friday, June 8.

You can catch the coverage from 8:15 a.m. ET, with the docking expected to take place at 9:07 a.m. ET.

While human missions to Mars or the moon maintain a high-profile at NASA, and they're also part of the Trump Administration's long term goals for space exploration, public support for such missions is low.

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The three astronauts returned safely to Earth on June 3 in a parachute-assisted landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Only 18 percent of respondents said NASA should send humans to Mars and even fewer think astronauts should return to the moon.

The crew will have to perform 55 scientific experiments during their mission, as well as head into outer space, carry out maintenance work and shoot videos.

The new space expedition's crew will stay for 187 days aboard the orbital output. Overall, 58% of USA adults believe it is essential to include the use of human astronauts in the future US space program, while 41% say astronauts are not essential.

Bridenstine also said his top two priorities were the resumption of human spaceflight from the USA -since 2011, American astronauts have relied on Russian transportation to get to the ISS-and going back to the Moon with the help of a new, nearby outpost that could ferry supplies there.