A few hours ago the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and after a little more than six hours reached the International Space Station with two new crew members on board. The Soyuz used the fast track, the first time for the new version of this spacecraft.
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A little while ago the astronaut Shane Kimbrough and the cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko returned to Earth on the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft, that landed without problems in Kazakhstan. The three of them spent more than five months on the International Space Station, where they arrived on October 21, 2016 as part of Expedition 49.
It was 21.58 UTC when the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, which blasted off last Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, has reached the International Space Station carrying three new crewmembers. Peggy Whitson of NASA, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA now complete the Expedition 50 crew.
In China was early afternoon when the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft landed in Inner Mongolia. The two crew members, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong, were assisted by ground staff and are in good physical condition. Their mission began on October 17 so it was the longest Chinese manned mission.
It was night in Kazakhstan when the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet to ransport them to the International Space Station. It’s the third new version Soyuz spacecraft and was launched once again in the route that will take two days instead of the six-hourt fast path to keep on testing the new on-board systems.