A Soyuz space capsule delivered an American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station on Thursday.
Whitson also became the first woman to take charge of the ISS twice, having inherited command of the lab for the first time from Yurchikhin in 2007.
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin launched on the Russian Soyuz MS-04 capsule on top of a Soyuz-FG rocket from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:13 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 20.
Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA, left, poses for a photo with Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, right.
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They will travel six hours before docking at the space station.
Two new crew members are aboard the International Space Station. They were welcomed by Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Russian Federation and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, as well as Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA, who on Monday will break the record for longest time spent in space by a USA astronaut.
The 43-year-old might want to seek some advice from fellow NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is going to receive an out-of-this-world call from President Donald Trump on Monday after beating a special record. Russian Federation last launched a crew of two in 2003, when Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Ed Lu launched to the space station from Kazakhstan.
"We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation on a positive agenda, what the European Union and China can do together for the benefit not only of our citizens, but also of the world", Mogherini said.
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Fischer and Yurchikhin will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting space station before also returning to Earth in September.
France's Thomas Pesquet and Oleg Novitsky of Roscosmos will be the next members of the ISS crew to return to Earth, with a landing scheduled for early June. Let's see how much you know about the basics of this science laboratory in the sky.
It's rare for the United States or Russian Federation to launch a crew of just two astronauts. He is the 550th person in history to fly into Earth orbit.
Russian space agency Roscosmos said the launch had been successful and that the crew was expected to arrive at the ISS at 1323 GMT.
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