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Three new astronauts arrive at area station

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March 15 (UPI) — The Worldwide House Station has three new crew members. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, in addition to cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, arrived late Thursday evening.

This week’s journey marked the second time Hague and Ovchinin have tried to journey to the Worldwide House Station. Final October, the pair had been pressured to abort their mission shortly after launch. Hague and Ovchinin ejected from the failed rocket and parachuted to security.

“We [were] on the apex of our trajectory, and I am staring on the market on the curve of the Earth, and the darkness of area … you are so shut you possibly can contact it,” Hague informed the Air Drive Information Service. “And to have that ripped out of your fingers, that is devastating.”

Now, greater than 5 months after the harrowing occasion, the duo are secure on the area station.

Hague, Koch and Ovchinin joined NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Expedition 59 commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, in addition to David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian House Company.

Throughout their time on ISS, the astronauts will handle as many 250 totally different scientific experiments. It was the significance of the area station’s scientific mission that compelled Hague to get again inside a Soyuz spacecraft.

“The mission we’re doing is so necessary,” Hague mentioned. “It is a mission the place we’re going up there and gathering knowledge so the scientists on the bottom can higher perceive our world, they’ll higher perceive our our bodies, they’ll higher perceive the world round us … and that is an important mission that is benefitting all of humanity.”

Along with finishing up science experiments within the fields of biology, physics, drugs and extra, Hague and his fellow crew members may also assist dock and unload a number of cargo shipments, in addition to carry out a handful of spacewalks to restore and improve the station’s orbital laboratory.

“McClain and Koch will full the upgrades to 2 station energy channels throughout a March 29 spacewalk,” in accordance with a NASA replace. “This would be the first-ever spacewalk with all-female space-walkers.”

McClain, Saint-Jacques and Kononenko are scheduled to return to Earth in June, whereas Hague, Koch and Ovchinin stay onboard the area station till early fall.


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