The International Space Station as it appears in 2018. Zarya is visible at the center of the complex, identifiable by its partially retracted solar arrays. (Credit: NASA)
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (NASA PR) — NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, March 14. Liftoff aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was at 3:14 p.m. EDT. Docking coverage begins at 8:45 p.m. EDT on NASA Television.
The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. Hague and Ovchinin are completing a journey that was cut short Oct. 11, 2018, when a booster separation problem with their Soyuz rocket’s first stage triggered a launch abort two minutes into the flight.
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