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Russian capsule carrying three docks with space station

Russian capsule carrying three docks with space station

Three new crewmembers will lift off for the International Space Station on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Soyuz MS-13 flew to the ISS in accordance with a six-hour plan, making four spins around the planet.

NASA is launching a rocket from Kazakhstan around 12:30 p.m. that will bring three astronauts, including one American, to the International Space Station.

Russian Alexander Skvortsov, Italian Luca Parmitano and United States astronaut Andrew Morgan on his first space flight brought the ISS crew number up to six.

The new expedition will join Roscosmos astronaut Alexei Ovchinin, and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch on the ISS.

Thousands gather in Cape Canaveral, Florida to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing; Kristen Fisher reports.

Fifty years to the day that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon in a giant leap for humanity, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and two fellow crew members arrived Saturday for their mission aboard the International Space Station, where humans have lived and worked continuously for more than 18 years.

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A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has docked with the International Space Station after a fast-track trip to the orbiting laboratory. NASA's broadcast will begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT (1545 GMT).

But in recent times private companies like SpaceX and Boeing have bid to end the Russian monopoly on manned launches to the ISS, winning multi-billion contracts with NASA.

NASA was "even more capable" of accomplishing great things when it did so "as part of an global cooperation", Morgan said.

When Ovchinin returns to Earth, Parmitano will become the first Italian astronaut to take on the role of commander. The Soyuz rocket is expected to dock at the space station in about six hours.

The project - named Artemis - would be the first attempt to send humans to the lunar surface since the last Apollo landing in 1972. Once the docking is complete, the crew members balance the air pressure of the space cabin with the Station before opening the hatches.


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