New Falcon Rocket to be Launched at Cape Canaveral


Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Has Been Selected

James Dean, Florida Today/MELBOURNE, Fla.

https://i0.wp.com/d1jqu7g1y74ds1.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Falcon_Heavy.3k.jpgA historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad is poised to become a Falcon’s nest.

NASA said Friday it had selected SpaceX, the operator of Falcon 9 rockets, to take over launch pad 39A, a mothballed former Apollo and space shuttle pad that the agency no longer needs and can’t afford to maintain.

SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., has contracts to launch cargo to the International Space Station and numerous commercial satellites, and is competing to launch NASA astronauts as well as high-value national security and science satellites.

https://i2.wp.com/www.spacelaunchreport.com/sls3-2.jpgNASA made the decision immediately after the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s rejection on Thursday of a bid protest filed by Blue Origin, which had put the selection process on hold.

“Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for its continued use in support of U.S. space activities,” NASA said in a press release.

https://i2.wp.com/www.npr.org/news/graphics/2010/05/gr-nasa-falcon-624.gifNegotiations will begin with SpaceX to lease pad 39A for at least five years. If successful, launches could start within a few years, marking a major turning point in KSC’s effort to transform into a spaceport for both government and commercial operations.

The competition for the pad was often framed as a battle between billionaire entrepreneurs, with SpaceX led by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk and Blue Origin started by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos.

https://i0.wp.com/static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/5/22/1337687088109/Falcon-9-Rocket-013.jpgBlue Origin has yet to fly a vehicle in space and won’t have a rocket ready to use the pad until at least 2018, but had proposed operating 39A for multiple users, in contrast to SpaceX’s request for exclusive use.

SpaceX rival United Launch Alliance supported Blue Origin’s approach but did not commit to using the pad.

Members of Congress also weighed in, some opposing an exclusive lease and others — including the entire Florida delegation — saying NASA should be left alone to make the decision.

http://michaelgr.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/spacex-falcon1.jpgOn Friday, Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson said the company hopes NASA “will preserve options to make this national asset available for multiple commercial users.”

SpaceX said it would welcome other users with NASA-certified human launchers.

NASA says pad 39B, which the agency is preparing for launches of crews on its own heavy-lift exploration rocket, also will be available to commercial users.

The space agency did not immediately explain why it chose SpaceX.

21_saturn_V_F1_engine_051226_bennett[1]SpaceX has nearly 50 launches under contract and operates pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

SpaceX expects to launch so often in the coming years that it also wants to develop a private launch complex. Texas is said to be the front-runner, but Florida has proposed an alternative at the north end of KSC and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

“It would be used to deal with missions if we’re too busy out of the Cape, basically,” Musk said last month in Cocoa Beach.

“But we do expect to be too busy.”

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Chinese Launch Manned Space Mission To Space Station


Chinese Launch Manned Mission to Tiangong 1 Space Station

chinese manned-spaceChina’s latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science.

The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

China-Space-Program55.jpgIt is China’s fifth manned space mission and its longest. The spacecraft was launched aboard a Long March 2F rocket and will transport the crew to the Tiangong 1, which functions as an experimental prototype for a much larger Chinese space station to be launched in 2020. The craft will spend 12 days docked with the Tiangong.

On the heels of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s wildly popular YouTube videos from the International Space Station, the Chinese crew plans to deliver a series of talks to students from aboard the Tiangong.

chinese space walk.jpgThe craft carried two men, mission commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang, and China’s second female astronaut, Wang Yaping.

Earlier in the afternoon, President Xi Jinping was shown live on television wishing them well at the launch center.

“You have made Chinese people feel proud of ourselves,” Xi told the three astronauts. “You have trained and prepared yourselves carefully and thoroughly, so I am confident in your completing the mission successfully.

chinese astronaut.jpg“I wish you success and look forward to your triumphant return.”

State television showed Xi watching the launch, as well as Premier Li Keqiang who was at the space command center in Beijing.

The space program is a source of enormous national pride for China, reflecting its rapid economic and technological progress and ambition to rank among the world’s leading nations.

China is hoping to join the United States and Russia as the only countries to send independently maintained space stations into orbit. It is already one of just three nations to have launched manned spacecraft on its own.

The United States has discontinued manned space flights, making China and Russia the only countries that launch astronauts into space.

chinese astronaut3The space classrooms mark the boldest step so far to bring the military-backed program into the lives of ordinary Chinese and follows in the footsteps of NASA, which uses student outreach to inspire interest in space exploration and sustain support for its budgets.

At a news conference Monday, Wang said she was “eager to explore and feel the magic and splendor of space with young friends.”

Her fellow astronaut Zhang told reporters they would conduct dozens of space science experiments and would “enjoy personalized space foods especially designed by our nutritionists.”

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Alien Debris Found on the Moon in Lunar Craters


Alien Debris found on the Moon in Lunar Craters

Larry O’Hanlon

gas-horadelplanetaStrange minerals detected at the centers of impact craters on the moon may be the shattered remains of the space rocks that made the craters and not exhumed bits of the moon’s interior, as had been previously thought.

The foreign matter in the craters is probably asteroid debris and some could even be from Earth, which has thrown off its share of material as it’s been battered by asteroids and comets over the eons.

The discovery comes not from finding anything new in the craters themselves, but by planetary scientists who were looking at models of how meteorite impacts affect the moon. Specifically, the researchers simulated some high-angle, exceptionally slow impacts — at least slow compared to possible impact speeds — and they were surprised at what they found.

“Nobody has done it at such high resolution,” said planetary scientist Jay Melosh of Purdue University. Melosh and his colleagues published a paper on the discovery in the May 26 online issue of the journal Nature Geoscience.

asteroids_comets_sc_0-000-100_2010_2They found that when a slow enough impact happened, at speeds of less than 27,000 miles per hour (43,000 kph), the rock that struck doesn’t necessarily vaporize. Instead, it gets shattered into a rain of debris that is then swept back down the crater sides and piles up in the crater’s central peak.

In the case of craters like Copernicus (pictured top), the foreign material stands out because it contains minerals called spinels. These only form under great pressure — in the Earth’s mantle, for instance, and perhaps in the mantle of the moon. But spinels are also common in some asteroids, said Melosh, which are fragments of broken or failed planets from earlier days in the formation of our solar system.

The team has concluded, therefore, that the unusual minerals observed in the central peaks of many lunar impact craters are not lunar natives, but imports.

That conclusion could also explain why the same minerals, if they were instead from the interior of the moon, are not found in the largest impact basins — as would be expected if the impact event was larger and penetrated deeper into the moon.

“An origin from within the Moon does not readily explain why the observed spinel deposits are associated with craters like Tycho and Copernicus instead of the largest impact basins,” writes Arizona State University researcher Erik Asphaug in a commentary on the paper. “Excavation of deep-seated materials should favor the largest cratering events.”

The new impact modeling also implies that pockets of early Earth material might be in cold storage on the moon, says Asphaug. The young Earth was bombarded with asteroids that sent terrestrial debris into space at speeds that were pretty slow and within the range of this model.

“Even more provocative,” explains Asphaug, “is the suggestion that we might someday find Earth’s protobiological materials, no longer available on our geologically active and repeatedly recycled planet, in dry storage up in the lunar ‘attic’.”

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NASA wants volunteers to go to Mars


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WASHINGTON —  NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.

The DVD will be in NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch in November. The DVD is part of the mission’s Going to Mars Campaign coordinated at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP).

The DVD will carry every name submitted. The public also is encouraged to submit a message in the form of a three-line poem, or haiku. However, only three haikus will be selected. The deadline for all submissions is July 1. An online public vote to determine the top three messages to be placed on the DVD will begin July 15.

“The Going to Mars campaign offers people worldwide a way to make a personal connection to space, space exploration, and science in general, and share in our excitement about the MAVEN mission,” said Stephanie Renfrow, lead for the MAVEN Education and Public Outreach program at CU/LASP.

Participants who submit their names to the Going to Mars campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement with the MAVEN mission.
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“This new campaign is a great opportunity to reach the next generation of explorers and excite them about science, technology, engineering and math,” said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator from CU/LASP. “I look forward to sharing our science with the worldwide community as MAVEN begins to piece together what happened to the Red Planet’s atmosphere.”

MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The spacecraft will investigate how the loss of Mars’ atmosphere to space determined the history of water on the surface.

“This mission will continue NASA’s rich history of inspiring and engaging the public in spaceflight in ongoing Mars exploration,” said David Mitchell, MAVEN project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

MAVEN’s principal investigator is based at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. The university will provide science operations, science instruments and lead Education and Public Outreach. Goddard manages the project and provides two of the science instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory provides science instruments for the mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., provides navigation support, the Deep Space Network and the Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations.

To participate in the Going to Mars campaign, visit: http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars

For more information on MAVEN, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/maven

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$70.6 Million Per Seat Price Tag To Space


Frequent Flier Miles Not Accepted

aaasaleNASA is paying $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space, and the agency’s leader is blaming Congress for the extra expense.

NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as training, for six astronauts in 2016 and the first half of 2017.

That’s $70.6 million per seat — well above the previous price tag of about $65 million.

https://i2.wp.com/spacefellowship.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/supplyship.jpgRussia currently provides the only means of getting people to and from the space station, and its ticket prices have soared with each new contract.

Several U.S. companies are working on rockets and spacecraft to launch Americans from U.S. soil. But that’s still a few years away. The ability to launch crews into orbit from America ended with NASA’s shuttle program in 2011. Even before the shuttles retired, the U.S. had been relying on Russia to transport long-term residents to the space station.

https://i0.wp.com/s1.ibtimes.com/sites/www.ibtimes.com/files/styles/picture_this/public/2011/08/25/150549-russian-spacecraft-crashed.jpgNASA Administrator Charles Bolden said if Congress had approved the space agency’s request for more funding for its commercial space effort, the latest contract would have been unnecessary. He is urging full funding of the Obama administration’s 2014 budget request of $821 million for the commercial crew program.

“Because the funding for the President’s plan has been significantly reduced, we now won’t be able to support American launches until 2017,” Bolden, a former shuttle commander, wrote in a NASA blog.

It could take longer if Congress does not fully support the 2014 request, he said.

“Further delays in our Commercial Crew Program and its impact on our human spaceflight program are unacceptable,” Bolden said.

The California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, already is making cargo shipments to the space station. Its founder and chief designer, billionaire Elon Musk, previously has said his company could be ferrying astronauts aboard beefed-up versions of its Dragon capsules by 2015.

Orbital Sciences Corp. of Virginia completed a successful test launch 1½ weeks ago. It plans to start sending supplies to the space station this summer, but has no interest in carrying passengers.

The six seats included in the latest Russian contract covers not only Americans, but European, Canadian or Japanese astronauts under barter agreements between NASA and those countries.

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Virgin Galactic Spaceship fly’s on it’s own for the first time


SpaceShipTwo Makes it’s First Powered Flight

ss2 1The spaceplane being developed by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson has made its first powered flight.

The vehicle was dropped from a carrier aircraft high above California’s Mojave Desert and ignited its rocket engine to go supersonic for a few seconds.

Sir Richard’s intention is to use the spaceship to carry fare-paying passengers on short pleasure rides above the Earth’s atmosphere.

ss2-glideflight3His company Virgin Galactic has already taken hundreds of deposits.

The rocket vehicle is known as SpaceShipTwo (SS2).

Although it has been in the air on more than 20 occasions, this was the first time its hybrid motor had been ignited.

It was only a short burn lasting about 16 seconds, but it propelled SS2 beyond the sound barrier to a speed of Mach 1.2. Future outings should see progressively longer burn durations, enabling the plane eventually to reach sufficient velocity to climb more than 100km into the sky.

Space target

ss2 3.jpgMonday’s mission began at the Mojave Air and Space Port at just after 07:00 local time (14:00 GMT). Test pilots Mark Stucky and Mike Alsbury were reported to be at the controls of SS2.

It took off slung beneath the WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, which does the job of lifting the rocket plane to its launch altitude – some 45,000ft (14km).

ss2 4A little under an hour later, SpaceShipTwo was released, dropped a short distance to get clear of WhiteKnightTwo and then lit its engine, which burns a combination of a solid rubber compound and liquid nitrous oxide.

SpaceShipTwo ignites its engine in flight for the first time

After shutting down its motor, the vehicle then glided back to the Mojave runway, touching down just after 08:00 local time.

Sir Richard said in a statement: “For the first time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully integrated and in flight. Today’s supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship’s powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year’s end.”

Family first

ss2 4.JPGThe entrepreneur is reluctant these days to say precisely when SpaceShipTwo will enter commercial service.

Projections for a start date issued in the early days of the project in the mid-2000s have long since passed as engineers have grappled with the complexities of developing the world’s first spaceliner.

The delay appears not to have dissuaded prospective passengers, however.

ss2 5More than 500 people, including celebrities such as physicist Stephen Hawking and former Dallas actress Victoria Principal, have put down a deposit for a ticket that will cost them about $200,000.

The initial service will be run out of a purpose built facility in the New Mexico desert known Spaceport America. Each flight will accommodate two pilots and six passengers.

Sir Richard says he will take his family on one of the first outings to demonstrate his faith in the vehicle’s safety.

Burgeoning enterprise

ss2 6.jpgThe rocket plane itself is a derivative of SpaceShipOne, which became the first private manned vehicle to fly to the edge of space and back in 2004.

It was the brainchild of aviation pioneer Burt Rutan, whose Mojave company, Scaled Composites, then designed the current prototype passenger version for Sir Richard.

The pair formed The Spaceship Company to manufacture future vehicles.

There are other companies hoping to offer sub-orbital flights in the near future.

XCOR Aerospace, which also has an operation in Mojave, is developing a smaller rocket plane called Lynx. This would carry one pilot and one ticketed passenger to 100km.

Neither it nor SS2 can achieve the speeds needed to go into orbit.

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Watch the Antares Rocket Launch LIVE


Antares Rocket to be Launched for the First Time

anteres 1.jpgBy Erik Derr

The first test flight of the privately-built Antares rocket has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern Time, after winds forced the cancellation of the launch Saturday.

Strong winds of up to 140 mph streamed over the rocket’s Virginia launch pad Saturday, after the passage of an overnight cold front — heightening concerns debris from the 131-foot-tall rocket could endanger nearby communities in the case of explosion, according to a report by Spaceflight Now.

anteres 2“It’s a matter of having winds that could potentially blow debris from a destructive event over populated areas,” Frank Culbertson, Antares mission director and Orbital Sciences executive vice president, was quoted saying by Spaceflight Now. “We had the rare case of wind coming from the southwest at high velocity.”

Said Culvertson: “We’re going to target 5 p.m…same time, same place, same team.”

After initially delaying the scheduled launch on Saturday for more than an hour, managers decided to call off the launch altogether when weather balloons showed upper level winds weren’t letting up. The flight was scrubbed before liquid propellant was loaded into the Antares rocket’s first stage.

If Orbital Sciences had cancelled fueling already started, technical constraints might well have forced the rescheduled test to Monday, since the launch pad has a limited supply of super-cold liquid oxygen.

anteres 2“We didn’t want to fuel up the rocket and waste a chance to go” on Sunday, said Orbital Sciences spokesman Barry Beneski.

Forecasters predict better surface weather conditions today, calling for a 75 percent chance of acceptable weather — though ground winds remain a concern.

When it finally does take off, the Antares rocket will reach orbit on a test mission through a public-private partnership with NASA, which is paying Orbital Sciences $288 million to help fund development of a commercial cargo resupply system for the International Space Station.

anteres 3The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had a similar agreement with California-based SpaceX, which completed its test program last year and has now accomplished two operational cargo flights to the space station.

The first Antares launch attempt Wednesday was called off 12 minutes before liftoff, when a data connection between the rocket and the launch pad was disconnected.

Commercial cargo missions are replacing some of the capacity lost when the space shuttle fleet was retired in 2011.

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Test Launch Of New US Space Rocket Delayed


High Winds Delay Launch Of Antares Rocket

By Irene Klotz, Cape Canaveral, Fla.

https://investorsnewsmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/antares-on-pad-close_low.jpgThe test-launch of a new U.S. rocket to fly cargo to the International Space Station was canceled on Saturday due to a second day of poor weather at the Wallops Island, Virginia, launch site, officials said.

Liftoff of the Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket was rescheduled for 5 p.m EDT (2100 GMT) on Sunday.

“Excessive wind levels have caused mission managers to delay the launch attempt (Saturday) of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket at the Wallops Flight Facility, Va.,” NASA wrote on its website.

“We will try again tomorrow,” Orbital Sciences wrote on Twitter.

The Virginia-based company is one of two firms hired by NASA to keep the station stocked with food, supplies and science gear for the six live-aboard crewmembers following the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011.

https://i0.wp.com/wamu.org/sites/wamu.org/files/styles/headline_landscape/public/images/attach/04.07.13news-wallops-antares-rocket_0.jpgPrivately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, completed two test flights of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsules and last year began delivery services under a 12-flight, $1.6-billion contract.

Orbital Sciences plans to follow up its Antares demonstration flight with a practice run to the station later this year. The company holds a $1.9-billion contract for eight station cargo runs. The Cygnus capsule is larger than Dragon and can carry more cargo.

Orbital Sciences initially planned to launch its 13-story- tall Antares rocket on Wednesday, but 12 minutes before liftoff engineers discovered that a data cable on the booster’s upper-stage motor had disconnected.

A second launch attempt slated for Friday was called off because of poor weather.

Antares 11Antares carries a dummy Cygnus cargo capsule that is expected to be put into orbit about 160 miles (258 km) above Earth. The space station, a $100 billion project of 15 nations, flies at an altitude of about 250 miles (400 km). Reaching the station will be the goal of Orbital Sciences’ second and final test flight later this year.

In addition to the cargo resupply contracts, NASA contributed about $684 million to Orbital Sciences and SpaceX to develop and test their spacecraft.

The U.S. space agency, which is working on a heavy-lift rocket and capsule to fly astronauts beyond the station’s orbit, also is backing SpaceX, Boeing, and privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp to develop commercial spaceships to taxi crews to the station, a service currently provided solely by Russia at a cost of more than $60 million per person.

 

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Green Meteorite Is From The Red Planet


Green Meteorite May Be From Mercury, A First

By Miriam Kramer

Scientists may have discovered the first meteorite from Mercury.

The green rock found in Morocco last year may be the first known visitor from the solar system’s innermost planet, according to meteorite scientist Anthony Irving, who unveiled the new findings this month at the 44th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. The study suggests that a space rock called NWA 7325 came from Mercury, and not an asteroid or Mars.

mercury-planet-profile-101111-02.jpgNWA 7325 is actually a group of 35 meteorite samples discovered in 2012 in Morocco. They are ancient, with Irving and his team dating the rocks to an age of about 4.56 billion years.

“It might be a sample from Mercury, or it might be a sample from a body smaller than Mercury but [which] is like Mercury,” Irving said during his talk. A large impact could have shot NWA 7325 out from Mercury to Earth, he added. [10 Most Enduring Mercury Mysteries]

Irving is an Earth and Space Sciences professor at the University of Washington and has been studying meteorites for years. But the NWA 7325 meteorite is unlike anything found on Earth before,  he told SPACE.com.

Meteorites from Mars are imbued with some Martian atmosphere, making them somewhat simple to tell apart from other rocks. Space rocks from Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in the solar system, are also chemically distinct, but NWA 7325 does not resemble any space rock documented by scientists today.

Irving thinks that the meteorite was created and eventually ejected from a planet or other body that had flowing magma on its surface at some point in its history. Evidence suggests that the rock could have been formed as “scum” on the top of the magma, Irving said.

mercury-3-638NWA 7325 has a lower magnetic intensity — the magnetism passed from a cosmic body’s magnetic field into a rock — than any other rock yet found, Irving said. Data sent back from NASA’s Messenger spacecraft currently in orbit around Mercury shows that the planet’s low magnetism closely resembles that found in NWA 7325, Irving said.

Messenger’s observations also provided Irving with further evidence that could support his hypothesis. Scientists familiar with Mercury’s geological and chemical composition think that the planet’s surface is very low in iron. The meteorite is also low in iron, suggesting that wherever the rock came from, its parent body resembles Mercury.

While Messenger’s first extended mission just finished, the team has put in a request to continue researching the planet with the orbiter for the next two years. If the mission is extended until 2015, the science returned by the spacecraft could help further validate or invalidate Irving’s ideas about the origin of the meteorite.Although finding meteorites on Earth that came from Mercury is less likely than finding Martian meteorites, it could be possible, Irving said.

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Express Flight To The Space Station!


Russian Spaceship Docks Directly With Orbiting International Space Station

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672px-soyuz_tma-3_launch.jpgA Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts has successfully docked with the International Space Station, bringing the size of the crew at the orbiting lab to six.

Chris Cassidy of the United States and Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin traveled six hours in the capsule before linking up with the space station’s Russian Rassvet research module. It was the first time a space crew has taken such a direct route.

The incoming crew will spend five months in space before returning to Earth.

Their mission began with a late-night launch from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan.

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