Citadel grad to launch Friday for space station

Camille Francis
July 29, 2017

Three new members, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA, was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, July 28, 2017, using a Soyuz spacecraft.

Bresnik, who flew combat missions as a Marine pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom, will blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Expedition 52 crew will conduct new science investigations arriving on SpaceX's 12th NASA-contracted commercial resupply mission targeted to launch in August. NASA says that Bresnik will perform a host of experiments in space, which include investigating how microgravity microgravity affects stem cells and the factors that govern stem cell activity. According to reports, before docking at the space station, they will travel six hours. He was selected as an astronaut in 2004.

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The launch will be shown live at 11:41 a.m., followed immediately by post-launch interviews. About four minutes prior to launch, the space station flew over the launch site and was flying about 250 miles above south central Russian Federation, just over the northeast border of Kazakhstan, at the time of launch.

Sixty-year-old Italian Nespoli is the most experienced of the new crew, having already spent 174 days in space.

They will join current ISS crew members Commander Fyodor Yurchkhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA.

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