(ORDO NEWS) — Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut docked at the International Space Station on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft. The crew docked with the ISS three hours later, Roscosmos said. Kononenko, 59,
and Chub, 39, is expected to spend a year on the ISS, while O’Hara, 40, will stay on board for six months.
The three succeed Russian cosmonauts Dmitry Petelin and Sergei Prokopyev, and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who spent one year aboard the ISS.
The trio was originally expected to return in March, but their mission had to be extended after their Soyuz MS-22 ship suffered a coolant leak due to damage believed to be from a tiny meteorite.
Now they will return to Earth on the Soyuz MS-23, Roscosmos reports.
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