Two astronauts from the USA and Russia arrived at international space station after six hours long journey. This Soyuz was launched from the Baikonur, Kazakhstan on April 20.
With a rare empty 3rd seat, a Russian Soyuz capsule carried two men Astronauts Jack Fischer, 43-year-old, and 58-year-old Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. The Soyuz flew at 1:13 p.m. local time/3:13 a.m. EDT (0713 GMT). Russia has decided to scale back its space station crew until its overdue science laboratory is flown to the revolving outpost following year.
Both astronauts arrived on the $100 billion space station as per the scheduled time at 9:23 AM EDT. This station revolves around 250 miles (400 KM) above our planet. NASA has broadcasted this full show on Its TV channel.
The US astronaut said he doubted the major task he faces in his 1st trip into space will be learning how to practice the space toilet at zero-gravity.
Just before the launch, Fischer said that it’s all about suction which is used to hold. It is really too hard. This will be a great learning for me as we can’t try such thing here. He added that he completed space-lavatory deeds with respect and prepared himself to get rid of the fear.
The rookie spaceman will share the space station with two veterans. First one is Russian cosmonaut who is on his second flight, and another is first-time French flier. Yurchikhin has already made four spaceflights before.
The 57-year-old station commander, Peggy Whitson will beat 534 –day record of the US astronaut for cumulative time spent at the station. NASA said that The US president will give her a congratulatory phone call for her record-breaking stay. Whitson, who flew in November with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will remain in space until September.