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NASA astronaut heads to International Space Station on Apollo 11 anniversary

Posted: 10:44 AM, Jul 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-20 12:44:19-04
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KAZAKHSTAN — On the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11's historic moon landing, this NASA astronaut is heading to the International Space Station.

NASA's Andrew Morgan is joined by Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The group launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft.

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The six-hour, four-obit journey will be the first for Morgan.

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"The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. The new crew members will dock to the station’s Zvezda service module at 6:50 p.m. About two hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the arriving crew will be greeted by Expedition 60 Commander Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos and NASA Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Christina Koch, who have been aboard the complex since March." NASA says on their website.

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