(MOSCOW) – A manned spaceship of Russia carrying three astronauts took off from Baikonur space center and moved towards the International Space Station (ISS).
Three astronauts that boarded on the Soyuz TMA- 13M spaceship included NASA‘s Gregory Wiseman, Russia’s Maxim Surayev and Alexander Gerst of European Space Agency. It is expected that their mission would last for 167 days at the ISS. When the ISS Research crew were asked if US-EU-Russia tensions over Ukraine influenced their relations, they hugged.
They will join Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov of Russia, and Steve Swanson of NASA, who have already been working at ISS since March. During their stay, their tasks will include photography, video filming, as well as collaborating with a cargo transport space shuttle of the Progress series.
A TV footage clearly indicated the carrier rocket Soyuz FG, with the Soyuz TMA-13M spaceship on the top took off on Wednesday at 2057 GMT from Gagarin’s Site 1 of Baikonur. It is expected that the spacecraft will dock with ISS on Thursday at 0248 GMT. Also to note, the ISS programme has been recently extended to 2024, due to a number of world crisis issues.