Three new crew members arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday evening (November 23). Thus, the number of astronauts in the orbital laboratory again reached six people.
NASA astronaut Terry Wirtz, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:01 local time. The trio reached the space station six hours after fast docking in space.
Wirtz plans to share her impressions in space using social resources such as Twitter. A NASA astronaut plans to take some photos of the planet to help people experience what the astronaut himself has experienced. "This is such a unique experience and only a small number of people have ever left planet Earth, so I'm going to use Twitter and Instagram to share photos with you," Wirtz said before launch.
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is currently the only space vehicle capable of delivering NASA astronauts to the ISS. However, NASA officials hope that things will change in the near future. Officials plan to begin using the spacex, developed by SpaceX and Boeing, to send astronauts to the space station by 2017.