American and Russian arrive at International Space Station

Toby Manning
April 21, 2017

Ms Whitson, a station commander, is going to become the United States astronaut who has spent the most cumulative time in space - surpassing the 534 days served by Jeff Williams.

The spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the ISS six hours after the launch, considering that the three previous flights were two days long as the Soyuz-MS spacecraft was undergoing tests.

"I just want to see the Earth from my space station window and take photographs and hopefully learn from the experienced photographer on the station, Fyodor", he said.

At 57, Whitson also is the oldest woman to have been in space. Now members of the station's Expedition 51 crew, they lifted off to the orbital complex as the crew of Russia's Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. Station commander Peggy Whitson, 57, in the midst of her third long-duration mission, is due on Monday to beat the 534-day record for cumulative time spent in space by a US astronaut.

Russian Federation is now the only country executing manned space flights to the ISS, despite its space industry having suffered a string of setbacks and launch failures in recent years. "Fyodor told me I should be doing that", he said.

A Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut have arrived at the International Space Station, taking a toy dog for company.

The upper stage's RD-0110 burned for approximately four minutes, placing the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft on a trajectory to reach the ISS a scant six hours after leaving Kazakhstan. He is the 550th person in history to fly into Earth orbit.

Fischer and Yurchikhin are scheduled to remain aboard the station until September, NASA stated.

The arrival of Fischer and Yurchikhin increased the station's crew complement to five.

"It came from the Argonauts, the seafaring explorers [from Greek mythology] and we are the explorers of space", said Yurchikhin, whose call sign for the flight is "Olympus".

Prior to docking the crew accomplished an approximately 10 min flyaround inside the Soyuz shortly before sunrise and beautyfully backdropped by earth towards the end at a distance of roughly several hundred meters away.

When their time at the ISS is over, astronauts are taken away by Soyuz capsules.

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