Russian spacecraft Soyuz delivers three astronauts to International space station

21 November 2016, 09:54 AM
Russia's Soyuz aircraft (Image source: Getty)
Russia's Soyuz aircraft (Image source: Getty)

A European, Russian and an American astronaut have arrived with Russia's Soyuz spacecraft at the International Space Station, for a four-month mission at the orbiting outpost.

"Capture confirmed," said a NASA commentator as the spacecraft docked at the ISS at 4:58 PM (local time), live US space agency television images showed on Saturday.

The trio - including Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and American astronaut Peggy Whitson -- launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Pesquet, a rookie astronaut and amateur saxophone player, is the first French national to be sent to the ISS by the European Space Agency since 2008.

Whitson, meanwhile is an experienced veteran and biochemistry expert who will break records with this space mission, including the title of the most days in space by a US astronaut.

Whitson is scheduled to surpass NASA astronaut Jeff Williams' 534 days on April 24.In February, Whitson, 56, will become the first woman to command the space station twice.

She previously commanded the station in 2007, when she became the first woman to hold this post, NASA said.

First Published: Sunday, November 20, 2016 03:46 PM
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