Two spacefarers are blasting off to the International Space Station today, marking a rare dual-passenger mission.
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin are already on their way to the orbital research station, after launching from Baikonur, Kazakhstan early this morning.
They are due to be welcomed to the station by current commander and NASA record-breaker Peggy Whitson at around 17:00 this afternoon, before beginning their research mission soon thereafter.
“Expedition 51 will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station, humanity’s only microgravity laboratory,” says NASA.
“Fischer, a first-time space flier, and Yurchikhin, a veteran of four spaceflights, will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting laboratory before returning to Earth in early September.”
You can watch the live stream of the launch, journey and docking on NASA TV, right here!