Post launch Status Briefing for Northrup Grumman Mission to Space Station

Habitats and transport modules for the rodent passengers

Habitats and transport modules for the rodent passengers

Northrop Grumman's 11th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver about 7,600 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.

Christina Koch conducts research on the ISS.

However, the first group of long-term residents on board the space station did not arrive until two years later in November 2000.

The extended missions of Koch and Morgan will help scientists gather additional data about the effects of long-duration human spaceflight beyond those of the normal six-month station expedition, Nasa said.

Her mission is planned to be just shy of the longest single spaceflight by a Nasa astronaut - 340 days, set by former Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly during his one-year mission in 2015-16. "I have known that this was a possibility for a long time and it's truly a dream come true".

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Koch and fellow Nasa astronaut Nick Hague, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin will remain aboard the space station and begin Expedition 60.

The record now belongs to NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 days on the station in 2016 and 2017.

The 3,450kg load also included three free-flying robots to be tested as astronaut helpers, 40 black lab mice and 63 tiny student-research satellites.

Between June and September, several astronauts will return to Earth and be replaced by others, including an Italian, Luca Parmitano, and the first ever astronaut from the United Arab Emirates, Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, who will spend about a week in space.

The ISS - a rare area of cooperation between Moscow and Washington - has been orbiting the Earth since 1998.

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