Trio of astronauts blast off to international space station

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Recently the new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stated that the International Space Station, the space agency's floating laboratory in space, might receive more private and less government investment in the future.

The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft lifted off at 11:12 UTC (17:12 in Kazakhstan) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, SpaceX will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for a second time in late October.

Bridenstine, the former Oklahoma congressman who was sworn in as leader of the space agency in April 2018, said: 'We're in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station. But more anticipate that they would not want to orbit the Earth than say they would (58% to 42%).

You can catch the coverage from 8:15 a.m. ET, with the docking expected to take place at 9:07 a.m. ET. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December.

The crew will spend more than five months conducting about 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

Other astronauts are already working at the ISS.

The International Space Station's newest crew members are en route to their new home.

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. Pew Research Center asked survey participants to rate the importance of the following nine missions.

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.