The International Space Station Welcomes Three New Residents From Russia And US. From Kazakhstan, the Soyuz spacecraft launched into orbit, and three hours later, it docked with the space station. Along with Russians Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin, American Frank Rubio checked in for a six-month stint. Rubio, a Miami-based doctor and former Army parachutist arrived aboard the Soyuz as a result of a recent crew swap pact between the two nations. Despite hostilities over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the agreement was completed in July, demonstrating the two countries’ ongoing space cooperation.
The newcomers will take the place of astronauts who have been residing there since early spring; eventually, the crew size will return to seven. The view of the launch from the space station, according to Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, was “amazing.” She posted breathtaking images of the Earth’s golden limb and the rocket’s white contrail on Twitter.
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