Three astronauts arrive at Int'l Space Station

The Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft's mission coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing

The Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft's mission coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing

The Soyuz MS-13/59S crew poses for a selfie with their Soyuz rocket before its rollout to the pad for launch Saturday.

Morgan will spend almost ten months on the ISS and will get to conduct a number of spacewalks and experiments.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon. At liftoff, the lab complex was expected to be flying 254 miles above the border between Kazakhstan and Mongolia, 646 miles downrange from the launch pad. It will be the second for Parmitano, who spent 166 days in space during Expeditions 36 and 37 in 2013. They will dock at the station at 6 p.m. and enter the space station at 8 p.m.

Expedition 60 to the International Space Station (ISS) will join other astronauts at the ISS - Russia's Aleksey Ovchininm and NASA's Christina Koch and Nick Hague. Hague and Ovchinin are set to return to Earth on October 3.

Hague and Morgan are scheduled to conduct a spacewalk no earlier than mid-August to install the docking port, connect power and data cables, and install a new high-definition camera as part of ongoing upgrades to the station's external camera system. Morgan, an Army colonel making his first space flight, is an accomplished physician with extensive special operations experience.

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Speaking at a pre-launch news conference in Baikonur, Parmitano, 42, said the crew were "lucky and privileged" to have their launch coincide with the Apollo 11 date, and indicated that they were wearing badges honouring the anniversary.

Highlights of upcoming investigations the crew will facilitate on the orbiting laboratory in the unique microgravity environment include the growth of moss aboard the station, a platform to attempt successful printing of biological tissues and bio-mining in space.

The capsule will remain at the station for six months.

Both the launch and the docking of the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft will be broadcast live on NASA TV. He was the commander of Expedition 24 in 2010 and was the flight engineer for Expedition 39 in 2014.

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