Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

UT grad begins mission on Internaional Space Station

UT grad begins mission on Internaional Space Station

Those flights included trips on all five space shuttles-Columbia, Challenger, Discover, Atlantis and Endeavor-and missions aboard the Russian Space Station Mir and the International Space Station.

A Russian Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft with the crew of a new expedition has reached the near-Earth orbit and is heading for the International Space Station (ISS), State Space Corporation Roscosmos told TASS on Friday.

The Soyuz MS-05 rocket carrying Expedition 52 flight engineer Sergei Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, flight engineer Randy Bresnik of NASA and flight engineer Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency launches into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Friday, July 28, 2017.

The launch will be shown live at 11:41 a.m., followed immediately by post-launch interviews.

"The trio will take a six-hour, 19-minute ride from Earth to the station's Rassvet module", NASA wrote in a blog update. They will be traveling aboard a Soyuz spacecraft.

In addition to Whitson, Bresnik will also join fellow NASA astronaut Jack Fischer on the ISS.

The group will bring the ISS up to its full crew of six and will work on experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, according to NASA.

Bresnik previously logged 10 days in space when he flew on a mission in 2009, performing two spacewalks.

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