NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei and Alexander Misurkin, of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos will launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Sept. 13 to the International Space Station, where they will join the station’s Expedition 53 and 54 crews. The trio participated in a news conference May 10 at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to preview their upcoming mission.
During their planned five-month stay on the orbital laboratory, the crew members will take part in approximately 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth, in order to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical and biological sciences. The will return to Earth in March 2018.
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