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NASA's work is diverse: proving flight technologies; creating capabilities for sustainable human and robotic exploration; exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond; developing critical enabling technologies such as the space shuttle; and conducting science in orbit aboard the International Space Station. With NASA you can explore the universe and discover Earth.
The crew will support several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science -- research that impacts life on Earth.
The trip enables Roscosmos to rotate a crew member and a Soyuz spacecraft. Volkov will remain aboard the station for the next six months, returning in March 2016 with one-year mission crew members Kelly and Kornienko in the Soyuz TMA-18M. Padalka, who launched in March with Kelly and Kornienko in the Soyuz TMA-16M, will return to Earth in that spacecraft on Sept. 11 with Mogensen and Aimbetov, leaving Kelly in command of Expedition 45. Lindgren, Kononenko and Yui will remain aboard the station until late December. Each Soyuz remains in orbit for about six months.
I am so happy we have SpaceX! Has Blue Origins even gotten a launch to work yet? I wish them all good luck, don't get me wrong. If they are American companies; I want them to be successful. However, I haven't heard of Blue Origins launching yet, so I don't count them right now.
Aboard the space station, Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos, as well as Flight Engineers Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos, and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will welcome Soyuz crew members Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency when the hatches between the two spacecraft are opened.
Watch the hatch opening and welcome ceremony live on NASA TV beginning at 5:45 a.m.: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
Earlier post: 3 humans will arrive at the International Space Station this morning. Aboard their Soyuz spacecraft, Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA - European Space Agency and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency are scheduled to dock at 3:42 a.m. EDT/7:42 UTC to the space station.