After four days, the International Space Station is about to be at full strength again. Tim Korpa (NASA), Tim Peake (ESA) and Yuri Malenchenko (Roscosmos) blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning at 6:03 a.m. EST.
Docking is set for 12:24 p.m. EST. Live coverage gets underway at 11:45 a.m. EST. Head on over to NASA TV to watch all the action.
At 2 p.m. EST, NASA TV will show the hatch being opened and the three new members stepping aboard the International Space Station. Check out Expedition 44 stepping into the International Space Station for the first time back in July.
For Tim Peake, today is his first time in space and Britain’s first astronaut to the ISS. Yuri Malenchenko is a seasoned vet at Roscomos. Today’s trip to the ISS is his fourth mission to the space station. He also lived aboard the Russian space station Mir and flew on the space shuttle. NASA’s Tim Kopra is heading back to the ISS for the second time. It’s been six years since Kopra was in space.
Peake, Malenchenko and Kopra are about to begin a nearly six-month-long stay aboard the International Space Station as part of Expedition 46. The One-Year crew, Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko, will get some solid Earth beneath their feet on March 2.
We won’t see another manned mission to the International Space Station until March 18, 2016.