Three New Space Station Crew Members Launch Aboard Penultimate Soyuz-FG

Pablo Tucker
July 22, 2019

The NASA astronaut welcomed three new crew members to the International Space Station on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

An engineer, telescope maker and self-described sky watcher from St. Albans, England has captured incredible video footage of the Soyuz MS-13 capsule approaching the ISS to dock.

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.

The capsule is carrying Andrew Morgan of the United States on his first spaceflight, Russian Alexander Skvortsov on his third mission to the space station and Italian Luca Parmitano. On the ISS they were met by Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christine cook.

Ahead of the launch, 42-year-old Parmitano said the crew were "lucky and privileged" to have their launch coincide with the Apollo 11 date, and indicated that they were wearing badges honoring the anniversary.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon.

TRT World's Jon Brain looks back to the Apollo 11's first Moon landing 50 years ago.

A veteran of two ISS missions, Skvortsov is the flight commander for the six-hour journey from Baikonur to the ISS.

Five decades after the 1969 moon landing, Russian Federation and the West are still competing in space, even if the emphasis is on cooperation at the ISS.

Russian space agency Roskosmos said every stage had "proceeded according to plan", and NASA TV said it had been a "textbook launch". Hague and Ovchinin are set to return to the Earth on October 3.

A global endeavor, more than 230 people from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station, which has hosted more than 2,500 research investigations from researchers in 106 countries. 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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