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NASA Expedition crew are launching on a mission to the International Space Station today. The launch will take place at 3.14pm EST (7.14pm GMT) from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Three expedition crew members will board the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft and will be welcomed aboard the station later that day.

NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

This launch is for a mission to the International Space Station as members of Expeditions 59 and 60.

Mr Hague and Mr Ovchinin were due to begin their space mission in October 2018, but a booster anomaly triggered an emergency launch abort which sent the duo back to Earth.

There are three scheduled spacewalks which will take place in the coming weeks.

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According to NASA, these spacewalks are as follows:

Friday, March 22: Expedition 59 spacewalk. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Anne McClain will venture outside the International Space Station for the first in a series of three planned spacewalks.

Friday, March 29: Expedition 59 spacewalk. NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch venture outside the International Space Station for the second in a series of three planned spacewalks for maintenance outside the orbiting laboratory.

Monday, April 8: Expedition 59 spacewalk. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency venture outside the International Space Station for the third in a series of three planned spacewalks.

The second spacewalk will be the first ever undertaken exclusively by female astronauts.

Later on April 17, the Northrop Grumman Antares Rocket and Cygnus spacecraft will launch from Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

This will be a cargo re-supply mission to the International Space Station.

Cargo including science experiments and crew supplies will be delivered on Northrop Grumman’s eleventh contracted resupply mission (NG-11).



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