3 astronauts make two-day launch to International Space Station

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"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 will launch a new rotation of crew members to the International Space Station Wednesday morning.

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.

A Russian spacecraft carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos and the ESA's Alexander Gerst, from Germany, lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket at 16:12 (local time) on Wednesday.

The daring trio are launching towards the ISS under the station's Expedition 56.

Russian astronaut Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai of Japan and American Scott Tingle will end their 168 day mission, handing over command to the Expedition 56 crew. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December.

While at the ISS, the crew will continue working on experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science.

A fun fact for Michiganders is that with Expedition 55 leaving the space station, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos handed control of the space station over to NASA astronaut, and MI native, Andrew J. Feustel.

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