NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin lifted off from Kazakhstan on Thursday, bound for the International Space Station.
A two-man US-Russian crew reached the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, hours after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast showed. The almost 8-ton space capsule made a radar-guided approach to the space station and docked with the lab's Poisk module at 1318 GMT (9:18 a.m. EDT) Thursday, around six hours after launch. Russian Federation has chose to scale back its space station crew until its overdue science laboratory is flown to the revolving outpost following year. They floated into the station two hours after the docking.
According to NASA, Fischer is a first-time space flier, whereas Yurchikhin is a veteran of four spaceflights.
"It's so handsome", Fischer told his wife, describing the experience as "a burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce".
Fischer, on his first space voyage, and Yurchikhin were welcomed on board the ISS by station commander Peggy Whitson and her crew. Peggy has broken all sorts of records in her space travel and is about to break another one on Monday when she surpasses 534-day record for cumulative time spent in space by a USA astronaut.
She's expected to receive a congratulatory phone call on Monday from US President Donald Trump, NASA said on Wednesday.
Making his fifth flight into space, Yurchikhin sat into the center seat of the Soyuz MS-04 spaceship during launch.
Fischer and Yurchikhin will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting space station before also returning to Earth in September.