NASA has announced that its astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague have safely arrived at the International Space Station and have since boarded the ship. The trip took place on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft alongside Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos. The vehicle started for the ISS at 15:14 EDT on March 14th. According to NASA, the crew is said to have boarded the ISS last night.
The Soyuz spacecraft, where NASA has acquired seats in recent years, connected to the Rassvet module of the ISS at 6:01 am after traveling for six hours. The spacecraft orbited four times before docking and remained in this position until shortly after 11pm. At this point, the hatch was opened and the team entered the ISS.
Launch of the spacecraft took place from the Baikonur Kazakh Cosmodrome, the launch of the NASA Expedition 59 mission, in which the space agency officially launched the watch when the vehicle docked at the ISS. The two astronauts and cosmonauts join NASA's Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Roscosmos Oleg Kononenko.
The ISS is now home to six crew members who, according to NASA, will spend more than half a year working on around 250 science projects. These investigations cover several categories, including physics, biology, technology, earth, and even human research.
This will be one of NASA astronauts' last travels to the ISS via the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The space agency has requested permission to purchase seats for the vehicle by early 2020, allowing more time for commercial companies under their crew program to complete their occupation of spacecraft.