Trio of astronauts blast off to worldwide space station

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Aunon-Chancellor took off from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, along with Sergey Prokopyev of Russian Federation, who works for Roscosmos, and Alexander Gerst of Germany, who works for the European Space Agency.

A Russian Soyuz rocket rises from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, sending three spacefliers to the International Space Station.

For the new mission, officially known as Expedition 56, the Soyuz carried off the ground Serena Auñón-Chancellor from NASA, Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev from Roscosmos.

The spacecraft, launched this day into space by the carrier rocket Sozuz-FG, went into space and began its flight independently. The Trump administration has expressed its intent to stop funding the International Space Station and turn it over to the private industry, according to Washington Post.

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The trio would have to spent the better part of the next two days enclosed in the capsule, as it slowly climbs while orbiting the Earth towards the ISS. Then, on the morning of June 8, at 9:07 a.m. EDT, it will arrive at the space station's Rassvet module.

The Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artiomov once brought this football symbol to the ISS to make World Cup broadcasts and show how astronauts also enjoy the sport and take it to space. They would be joining the existing crew of three on the station. They assembled and tested the scientific gear required for the spacewalk, cleaned sample cartridges inside the station's Electro-Static Levitation Furnace, and prepped Plant Habitat-01 for future botany experiments. ISS expeditions typically last for five to six months, but in March 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russia's Mikhail Kornienko completed a year-long stay on the station in a bid to bolster research into long-term space travel and its effect.

We had contacts with the representatives of the United States space agency NASA and the European Space Agency, after which we agreed to maintain the coordination to act as a whole, Rogozin declared.

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