Soyuz Lifts US, Russian Astronauts Into Position for ISS Rendezvous

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Randy Bresnik will set off for the International Space Station on Friday.

Live webcasts of the Soyuz spacecraft and its three astronauts - from Russian Federation, the United States and Europe - begin at 5:15 p.m. (9:15 p.m. GMT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in coverage of the flawless launch on Friday.

The launch will be shown live at 11:41 a.m., followed immediately by post-launch interviews.

After launching, the trio will travel for six hours in the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft before docking to the space station's Rassvet module at 6 p.m. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 5:15 p.m. Talking about Bresnik, he had earlier spent 10 days in the space in 2009 when he was on a mission.

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The European Space Agency shared a video of the launch online.

They will join current ISS crew members Commander Fyodor Yurchkhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA. The latter three have been studying how microgravity impacts cancer therapies since April, and have been measuring the composition of meteors orbiting Earth's atmosphere.

They will also undertake research projects that pertain to biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. The new crew will arrive at the station in about six hours. This new crew will remain at the space station until mid-December, according to NASA.

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