Soyuz space cap­sule blasts off into or­bit

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

BAIKONUR, Kaza­khstan — A Soyuz space cap­sule suc­cess­fully blasted off for the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion on Fri­day, car­ry­ing an Amer­i­can as­tro­naut, a Rus­sian cos­mo­naut and an Ital­ian as­tro­naut.

NASA’s Randy Bres­nik, Rus­sia’s Sergei Ryazan­sky and Italy’s Paolo Ne­spoli lifted off from the Rus­sia-leased launch pad in Kaza­khstan shortly af­ter sun­set at 9:41 p.m. on Fri­day. They will travel six hours be­fore dock­ing at the space sta­tion.

The three will join NASA’s Jack Fis­cher and Peggy Whit­son as well as the vet­eran Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Fy­o­dor Yurchikhin.

Bres­nik pre­vi­ously logged 10 days in space when he flew on a mis­sion in 2009, per­form­ing two space­walks. Rus­sia’s Ryazan­sky is the crew’s most ex­pe­ri­ence as­tro­naut with 160 days in space un­der his belt.

The in­com­ing crew will con­trib­ute to more than 250 ex­per­i­ments con­ducted at the or­bit­ing lab in fields such as bi­ol­ogy, hu­man re­search, phys­i­cal sci­ences and tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment.

Flight En­gi­neer Whit­son ear­lier this week was do­ing re­search for a can­cer study that may help de­velop more ef­fec­tive treat­ments for can­cer pa­tients, NASA re­ported.

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