New crew prepares to head to the space station

Three new crew members will arrive at the International Space Station today after taking off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a new Soyuz rocket.

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft will liftoff Tuesday at 11:03 am UTC (5:03 p.m. Kazakh time). The trip is scheduled to take six hours before docking with the ISS.

Veteran cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko will command the Soyuz vehicle alongside NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and British astronaut Tim Peake.

The crew will live and work in space for the next six months.


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