New NASA Chief Vows US Will Always Have Astronauts in Orbit

New NASA Chief Vows US Will Always Have Astronauts in Orbit

Astronauts from the US, Germany and Russian Federation launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday morning for a trip to the International Space Station. Aunon-Chancellor took off from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, along with Sergey Prokopyev of Russian Federation, who works for Roscosmos, and Alexander Gerst of Germany, who works for the European Space Agency.

The connection of the Soyouz-MS-09 Space Shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS) will take place on June 8 at 12:21 pm Moscow.

They will join Expedition 56 commander Drew Feustel and flight engineers Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos. The crew is scheduled to work on some of the roughly 250 experiments and studies underway at the station during their planned five month stay.

NASA TV will feature live streaming coverage of the docking process, as well as the hatch opening and welcoming process, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Friday.

While human missions to Mars or the moon maintain a high-profile at NASA, and they're also part of the Trump Administration's long term goals for space exploration, public support for such missions is low. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December. It may, but most Americans still believe NASA's role will be vital in the future.

The arrival of the new crew will restore the station to six crew members.

The capsule has already made several trips to and from the space station, taking supplies and other cargo.

"Strong public support that the USA should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups". Forty-two percent of surveyed Americans believe NASA should search for planets that could sustain life, and 41 percent think it is important - although not top priority - that the agency conducts research on how space travel affects human health.

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