Expedition 56-57 launched to ISS with three astronauts

Watch a Soyuz Rocket Successfully Launch 3 New Astronauts to the International Space Station

Watch a Soyuz Rocket Successfully Launch 3 New Astronauts to the International Space Station

And here's the full footage of the spacecraft docking at the ISS, and the three new astronauts boarding the station to meet the three crew members already onboard. Alexander Gerst who is a member of the ESA, Serena Aunon who is the chancellor of NASA and Sergey Prokopyev who is a Russian cosmonaut are about to the reach the Rassvet module of the International Space Station at 9:07 am on Friday, June 8. They joined Expedition 56 Commander Drew Feustel and Flight Engineers Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos aboard the orbiting laboratory.

NASA has launched its new Expedition 56-57 mission to the ISS.

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Under the program of the space station's Russian segment, cosmonauts Prokopyev and Artemyev will make a spacewalk in August 2018 to install scientific equipment of the ICARUS (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space) experiment on the space station's external surface to monitor wildlife on Earth. If you're on the ground then you can only see the rocket take off, if you're on the International Space Station then you can only see the payload arrive, and if you're inside the rocket then you have a awful view of the whole thing. His mission's duration was 165 days.

The new crew members, who blasted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on June 6, are expected to remain on the ISS for five months.

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