UT grad begins mission on Internaional Space Station

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29 July, 2017

The launch will be shown live at 11:41 a.m., followed immediately by post-launch interviews.

Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, American astronaut Randy Bresnik and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky blasted off from Kazakhstan in a Soyuz MS spacecraft. Now, they've begun a 6-hour, 19-minute journey to rendezvous and dock at the station's Rassvet module. The new crew will arrive at the station in about six hours.

Bresnik, the first alumnus of The Citadel to fly in space, will command NASA's 53rd expedition aboard the station after first serving as flight engineer during the second part of Expedition 52.

The Citadel also will stream the launch on its Facebook page.

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As astronaut who graduated from the University of Tennessee will spend the next four months on the International Space Station.

The European Space Agency shared a video of the launch online.

250 experiments will be conducted by the astronauts at the orbiting lab including physical sciences, biology, technology development and human research. This new crew will remain at the space station until mid-December, according to NASA. This is Whitson's third long-duration stay on the International Space Station - she will have spent more than 650 days in space by the time she returns to Earth in September. He flew on a Space Shuttle Atlantis mission in 2009 with fellow UTSI alum Barry Wilmore ('94).


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