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Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off for space station

The capsule with the three crew members -- NASA's Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

IANS  |  Washington 

Soyuz
Soyuz spacecraft 

A carrying a team of three astronauts from the US, Russia and blasted off for the Space Station (ISS) on Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in

The capsule with the three crew members -- NASA's Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Aerospace Exploration Agency -- is scheduled to dock with the space station's Rassvet module on December 19, the space agency aid.

The arrival of Tingle, Shkaplerov and Kanai will restore the station's crew complement to six.

They will join Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and his crewmates, Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of

The crew members will spend more than four months conducting approximately 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and development, said.

Highlights of upcoming investigations include demonstrating the benefits of manufacturing fibre optic filaments in a microgravity environment.

Other important investigations include a new study looking at structures that are vital to the design of advanced optical materials and electronic devices and examining a drug compound and drug delivery system designed to combat muscular breakdown in space or during other prolonged periods of disuse, such as extended bed rest on Earth.

Vande Hei, Acaba and Misurkin are scheduled to remain aboard the station until February 2018, and Tingle, Shkaplerov and Kanai are scheduled to return to Earth in April, the space agency said.

First Published: Sun, December 17 2017. 18:45 IST
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