NASA astronaut, 2 Russian cosmonauts lift off to the ISS


A NASA astronaut is set to embark on a mission alongside two Russian Roscosmos cosmonauts with a Friday morning launch bound for the International Space Station.

Loral O’Hara, representing NASA, will be joined by Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub for the scheduled liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:44 a.m. ET. They will be traveling in the Roscosmos Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft on their way to the International Space Station.

For those interested, NASA is providing live coverage of the launch, which begins at 10:45 a.m. ET. You can catch the launch through the embedded video at the top of this page or tune in via NASA Television, the NASA app, the agency’s website, or YouTube channel.

Loral O’Hara and Nikolai Chub are both making their inaugural journeys into space, while Oleg Kononenko is a seasoned astronaut, with this being his fifth mission, as reported by NASA.

Their journey will follow a two-orbit, three-hour trajectory, concluding with a docking at the station’s Rassvet module at 2:56 p.m. They will then be warmly welcomed aboard the International Space Station.

O’Hara is slated for a six-month mission, while Kononenko and Chub are set to spend a full year at the station.

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