The American space agency NASA is all set to send a new space crew to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday 6th June from Kazakhstan. This new launch comes after the three astronauts of the Expedition 55 landed safely on the Earth from the ISS on Sunday 3rd June at around 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT).
NASA lately uploaded a picture of the new space crew of Expedition 56 with the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft, which would send the crew to the space station on Wednesday. While the crew of the Expedition 55 was leaving the orbiting space station, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos transferred the charge of the ISS to the Michigan native, NASA astronaut Andrew J. Feustel.
The new Expedition 56 crew, which would be launched shortly, would include- Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Three of the astronauts would launch onboard the Soyuz MS-08 rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The journey up to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan is estimated to last 2 days. As predicted, the crew would reach the ISS by Friday 8th June morning. After the Expedition 56 crew reaches the space station, it is expected to “work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science.”
The Expedition 55 crew involved astronaut Scott Tingle of NASA, Norishige Kanai of Japan, and Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Space Agency, who was the commander of the mission. The mission involving these three spacemen lasted up to one hundred sixty-eight days and they took near about two thousand six hundred eighty-eight orbits around the Earth, traveling around 71.2 million miles.
After the crew landed in Kazakhstan with the help of the Russian capsule, the three members were retrieved just within thirty minutes after which they sat on a lounge-type chair to let their body adapt once again to the gravity pull of the Earth. The astronauts were safe and looked healthy. Later they were sent for some medical tests.