2 join space sta­tion crew

The Dallas Morning News - - WORLD -

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.

Kirill Kudryavtsev/Agence France-Presse

Rus­sia’s Soyuz space­craft

car­ried as­tro­naut Jack Fis­cher and cos­mo­naut Fy­o­dor Yurchikhin to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion on Thurs­day.

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