The three crewmates launched aboard the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:17 p.m. (3:17 a.m. Baikonur time Wednesday), orbited Earth four times, and docked at the space station.
As the rocket launched a translator for Russia's Mission Control Centre in Moscow announced during the live broadcast: "Everything is nominal on board [and] the crew is doing fine".
This afternoon, a new group of astronauts is set to launch to the International Space Station, taking the place of three crew members who departed the orbiting lab earlier this month. The Soyuz MS-06 manned spacecraft carrying three global crew members on board, docked automatically with the worldwide Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, a Roscosmos source told TASS. They will join the current ISS crew of Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
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Joe Acaba of NASA is making his third trip into space and Russian Alexander Misurkin his second. REUTERS//Maxim Shipenkov/PoolThe Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft carrying the crew of Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei of the US, and Alexander Misurkin of Russian Federation blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan September 13, 2017.
Mr Misurkin served as a flight engineer during Expedition 35/36 in 2013, and Mr Acaba was a flight engineer for Expedition 31/32 in 2012.