Astronauts launching to International Space Station

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Astronauts launching to International Space Station

NASA's new boss says major changes could be ahead for the International Space Station but there will always be an American astronaut in orbit.

The manned spacecraft is carrying Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev (the Soyuz MS-09's commander), NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and representative of the European Space Agency (ESA) Alexander Gerst. But more anticipate that they would not want to orbit the Earth than say they would (58% to 42%).

"During the launch on June 6, new methods were tested for the first time to exercise visual control of the space rocket's flight".

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.

The three astronauts returned safely to Earth on June 3 in a parachute-assisted landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

While at the ISS, the crew will continue working on experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. Around 80 percent of adults in the United States feel that the International Space Station has been a good investment, and strong public support for NASA is shared across political, generational, and gender groups.

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

Blue Origin, on the other hand, is testing a system that it hopes will form the basis of a commercial space tourism service, though it also has ambitions far beyond that.

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