Soyuz capsule with three astronauts docks with International Space Station

The launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with Soyuz MS-09 manned spacecraft from the launch table of launch pad No.1 Gagarin's Start at Baikonur space center

The three crew members of the Expedition 56 Soyuz are on their way to reach International Space Station after they took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome which is located in Kazakhstan at 7:12 am EDT on Wednesday.

The crew members are also being greeted by family and friends who watched the docking and hatch opening from the Russian Mission Control Center outside Moscow.

NASA and Roscosmos on June 8 said that Russian Sergei Prokopyev, Germany's Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, and NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor successfully docked with the ISS at 13:01 GMT and entered the orbiting space laboratory.

The new space mission will be the second expedition for Gerst.

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The ship, Soyuz MS-09 has made entry into a designated orbit and will set its position in the dock at the space outpost on June 8. He was a part of an Expedition crew of 40-41.

Under the program of the space station's Russian segment, cosmonauts Prokopyev and Artemyev will make a spacewalk in August 2018 to install scientific equipment of the ICARUS (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space) experiment on the space station's external surface to monitor wildlife on Earth.

At five hours and 23 minutes into the spacewalk, Feustel will surpass NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson's record of 60 hours and 21 minutes to move into third place for cumulative time spent during spacewalks.

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