Space station receives Soyuz capsule, new crew members

NASA astronauts will embark on a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk Thursday, June 14, during which they will install new high-definition cameras to capture spacecraft docking with the International Space Station, including new American-made spacecraft with scheduled test flights later this year.

The crew members are also being greeted by family and friends who watched the docking and hatch opening from the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow.

The spacecraft delivered the crew of Expedition 56/57 to the world's sole orbiter: Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and astronaut of the European Space Agency Alexander Gerst to the world's sole orbiter.

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The new space mission will be the second expedition for Gerst. In this mission three astronauts who are form European Space Agency, the United States and Russian Federation are included, and they are blasted off on Wednesday for the mission to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft docked to the ISS in automated mode after a two-day orbital flight. Presently, the ISS is home to the NASA astronaut Drew Futsal, Oleg Artemyev and Ricky Arnold. He was a part of an Expedition crew of 40-41.

The new crew members, who blasted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on June 6, are expected to remain on the ISS for five months.

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