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.
A Soyuz-FG rocket lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan with three members of the Expedition 56 crew on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
The crew - Alexander Gerst of Germany, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of the USA and Sergei Prokopyev of Russian Federation - are scheduled to lift off on Wednesday for an "Horizons" mission to the ISS to conduct research 400km above the Earth.
The Soyuz MS-09 rocket is pictured standing at its launch pad on a clear blue day at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor will soon be among the newest additions to the crew aboard the International Space Station.
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The trio would have to spent the better part of the next two days enclosed in the capsule, as it slowly climbs while orbiting the Earth towards the ISS. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December. The space agency also plans to live stream the docking process and show how the astronauts are moving about in the outer world and how they meet with the current astronauts that are on board the ISS.
Station commander Drew Feustel and flight engineers Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev have been living in space since March. They assembled and tested the scientific gear required for the spacewalk, cleaned sample cartridges inside the station's Electro-Static Levitation Furnace, and prepped Plant Habitat-01 for future botany experiments.
They should dock at the space station on Friday.
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A majority of Americans say NASA should remain a global leader in space exploration, but a recent Pew Research study looking at the public's perception of the US space program find support for a human mission to the moon or Mars is low.