In China it was morning when the Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou 11 was successfully launched atop a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. After nearly nine minutes it separated from the rocket’s second stage and regularly entered into low-Earth orbit to begin its mission scheduled to last 33 days.
A few hours ago the astronaut Jeff Williams and the cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin returned to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft, landed without problems in Kazakhstan. The three of them spent about five and a half months on the International Space Station, where they arrived on March 18, 2016 as part of Expedition 47.
A few hours ago the Soyuz-01 MS spacecraft, launched a little more than two days ago from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, has reached the International Space Station carrying three new crewmembers. Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of JAXA now complete the Expedition 48 crew.
A few hours ago the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi to transport them to the International Space Station. Unlike the usual fast path that takes six hours, it began a two-day trip that will allow to test the new version of its on-board systems.
A little while ago the astronauts Tim Kopra and Tim Peake and the cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko returned to Earth on the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft, landed without problems in Kazakhstan. The three of them spent about six months on the International Space Station, where they arrived on December 15, 2015 as part of Expedition 46.