2 join space station crew
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A Soyuz space capsule safely delivered an American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station on Thursday.
NASA’s Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia lifted off from the Russialeased launch facility in Kazakhstan at 2:13 a.m. Central time Thursday. They reached orbit nine minutes later. About six hours later, they docked at the orbiting outpost.
NASA’s Peggy Whitson, the crew’s commander, Oleg Novitskiy of Russia and Thomas Pesquet of France greeted Fischer and Yurchikhin with cheers and hugs.
Whitson, the first woman to command the International Space Station, is on track to break the U.S. astronaut record for the most cumulative time in space. Jeffrey Williams holds the 534-day record. At 57, Whitson is also the oldest woman to have been in space.
Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft
carried astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin to the International Space Station on Thursday.