January 21, 2019
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Soyuz spacecraft launches, bound for International Space Station

Baikonur, Kazakhstan, June 6 (efe-epa).- A Soyuz spacecraft on Wednesday launched from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a three-man crew to the next mission to the International Space Station.

A crew consisting of United States NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, and Russian Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev was on its way to the spacial platform.

"The trio is now safely in orbit and solar arrays have successfully deployed on their Soyuz spacecraft," NASA tweeted.

The Soyuz MS-09 and its passengers will orbit the Earth 34 times before the spacecraft docks at the ISS on Friday at 9:07 am, according to NASA.

Once aboard the ISS, the trio comprising Expedition 56-57 will be tasked with conducting various scientific experiments.

The ISS was launched into orbit in 1998 and comprises more than a dozen modules used for storage, experiments and astronauts' living quarters.

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