The Soyuz space capsule successfully launched to the ISS on Friday with American, Russian and Italian cosmonauts.
Among the crew are Randy Bresnik (NASA), Sergey Ryazansky (Russia) and Paolo Nespoli (Italy). They will spend 6 hours on the flight, and then dock with the station. There they will be met by Jack Fisher, Peggy Wilson and Fyodor Yurchikhin.
Earlier, Bresnik spent 10 days in space, performing two spacewalks. By experience, Ryazan is superior to them - 160 days.
They will conduct about 250 tests in the laboratory. Among the latest experiments is cancer research, with whose help effective methods of treatment can be found.
Randy Bresnik (right), Sergey Ryazansky (center) and Paolo Nespoli are moving towards the ship
Paolo Nespoli greets the public before launch
Experts from the Russian Space Agency help Randy Bresnik to inspect his suit
Paolo Nespoli helps Sergey Ryazansky remove his helmet
Paolo Nespoli greets the public near the rocket
Astronauts are preparing to board the rocket
Sergey Ryazansky on the background of the rocket before the start