The U.S.-Russian trio exploded on their way to the space station

MOSCOW – The Russian-American trio of astronauts heading to the International Space Station were successfully launched on Friday.

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hey and Russian astronauts Olek Novitsky and Pyotr Dupro were scheduled to board the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft at 12:42 pm (0742 GMT, 3:42 am EDT) from the Russian-leased Pykonor launch pad in Kazakhstan.

After two orbits and a three-hour voyage they set up dock at the station.

This is Vande Hein’s second space mission and Nowitzky’s third space mission, Dubrov is in his first mission.

The team will work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physics and earth sciences.

The launch comes three days before the 60th anniversary of the first manned spacecraft by Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin and the 40th anniversary of the first launch of NASA’s space shuttle.

At the space outpost, the trio will be joined by NASA’s Kate Rubins, Michael Hopkins, Victor Clover and Shannon Walker, Russians Sergei Ryzykov and Sergei Good-Sverkov and Japan Space Agency astronaut Sochi Nokuchi.

Rubins, Ryzhikov and Good-Sverkov arrived on the Soyuz ship in October; Hopkins, Clover, Walker and Nokucci – the crew of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Recession – joined them in November.

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