The International Space Station (ISS) crew members (L to R) Paolo Nespoli of Italy, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Russia and Randy Bresnik of the US walk after donning space suits, shortly before their launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan July 28, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov
Cape Canaveral: A new crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, giving NASA for the first time four astronauts to boost US research projects aboard the orbiting laboratory.
A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three spaceflight veterans slipped into a docking port aboard the station at 5:54 p.m. EDT (2154 GMT) as the $100 billion research outpost sailed about 250 miles (400 km) over Germany, a NASA TV broadcast showed.
Strapped inside the capsule, which blasted off aboard a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan six hours earlier, were Randy Bresnik, with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Sergey Ryazanskiy, with the Russian space agency Roscosmos; and Italy’s Paolo Nespoli, with the European Space Agency.
The men will join two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut already aboard the station, a project of 15 nations.
Their arrival means the US space agency now has four crew members instead of three available for medical experiments, technology demonstrations ...