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U.S.-Russian Crew Blasts Off for Space Station With One Empty Seat

A scaled-down, two-man U.S.-Russian crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday for a six-hour trip to the International Space Station, a NASA TELEVISION program revealed.

A Russian Soyuz pill lugging NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, 43, and also Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, 58, took off at 1: 13 p.m. regional time/3: 13 a.m. EDT (0713GMT) with an unusual empty 3rd seat. Russia is downsizing spaceport station staffing till its long-delayed scientific research research laboratory is flown to the orbiting station following year.

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Fischer and also Yurchikhin were arranged to get to the $100billion spaceport station, which orbits concerning 250 miles (400kilometres) over Planet, at 9: 23 a.m. EDT (1323GMT).

Fischer claimed he believes the most significant difficulty he encounters in his very first trip right into space will certainly be finding out how you can make use of the station’s zero-gravity commode.

” It’s about suction, it’s truly challenging,” Fischer claimed in a NASA meeting prior to launch. “You simply cannot educate for that on the ground, so I approach my space-toilet tasks with regard, prep work and also a healthy and balanced dosage of large horror.”

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In this April 13, 2017, image from video made available by NASA, astronaut Peggy Whitson speaks during an interview aboard the International Space Station.

In this April 13, 2017, photo from video clip provided by NASA, astronaut Peggy Whitson talks throughout a meeting aboard the International Space Station.

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The novice astronaut will certainly be sharing the station with 2 skilled experts.

Soyuz crewmate Yurchikhin has actually made 4 previous spaceflights. Station leader Peggy Whitson, 57, during her 3rd long-duration objective, schedules on Monday to defeat the 534- day document for advancing time invested precede by a UNITED STATE astronaut.

She is anticipated to get a congratulatory call on Monday from UNITED STATE Head of state Donald Trump, NASA claimed on Wednesday.

Whitson, that flew to the station in November in addition to Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and also French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, will certainly continue to be aboard with Fischer and also Yurchikhin till September.

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