Space launch includes first traveler from Gulf ’s UAE
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — An American, a Russian and the first space flyer from the United Arab Emirates blasted off Wednesday evening on a mission to the International Space Station.
A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The ship carrying NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Hazzaa al-Mansoori, a military pilot from the UAE, docked at the International Space Station about six hours later.
It was the third spaceflight for Skripochka and the first for Meir and al-Mansoori, who was the first of two men chosen by the Gulf Arab nation to fly to the space station.
The trio will join two Russians, three Americans and an Italian aboard the space station.