3 astronauts make two-day launch to International Space Station

Astronauts from the US, Germany and Russian Federation launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday morning for a trip to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst are set to lift off aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m. Eighty percent say the International Space Station has been a good investment for the country.

A fun fact for Michiganders is that with Expedition 55 leaving the space station, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos handed control of the space station over to NASA astronaut, and MI native, Andrew J. Feustel.

ISS residents' missions typically last five to six months.

You can catch the coverage from 8:15 a.m. ET, with the docking expected to take place at 9:07 a.m. ET.

The three astronauts returned safely to Earth on June 3 in a parachute-assisted landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

The manned spacecraft subsequently entered the near-Earth orbit and started its autonomous flight to the orbital outpost, Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos told TASS. It may, but most Americans still believe NASA's role will be vital in the future.

While at the ISS, the crew will continue working on experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science.

The new space expedition's crew will stay for 187 days aboard the orbital output.

The capsule has already made several trips to and from the space station, taking supplies and other cargo. Forty-two percent of surveyed Americans believe NASA should search for planets that could sustain life, and 41 percent think it is important - although not top priority - that the agency conducts research on how space travel affects human health. "Sending astronauts into space is one of the most visible of the US space programs over time".

Blue Origin, on the other hand, is testing a system that it hopes will form the basis of a commercial space tourism service, though it also has ambitions far beyond that.

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