Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Multinational crew docks at International Space Station

The trio joined a six-strong crew already on the International Space Station.

Hazza Almansoori, Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)
Hazza Almansoori, Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A multinational crew made up of an American, a Russian and the first space traveller from the United Arab Emirates blasted off successfully on Wednesday for a mission on the International Space Station.

A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir, Oleg Skripochka of Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Hazzaa Ali Almansoori from the UAE docked at the orbiting outpost six hours later.

The mission is the third spaceflight for Skripochka and the first for both Meir and Almansoori, who is on an eight-day mission under a contract between the UAE and Roscosmos.

The trio joined the crew already on the International Space Station: Russians Alexey Ovchinin and Alexander Skvortsov, Nasa astronauts Christina Koch, Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.

Hague and Ovchinin are scheduled to wrap up a mission of more than 200 days on October 3 and return to Earth with Almansoori.

Meir and Skripochka plan to stay for more than six months.

PA

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph