Russian spaceship delivers three astronauts to space station


This image obtained from NASA TV shows the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft approaching the International Space Station on November 19, 2016

Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying a European, a Russian and an American astronaut for a four-month mission at the orbiting outpost.

“Capture confirmed,” said a NASA commentator as the spacecraft docked at the ISS at 4:58 pm (2158 GMT), live US space agency television images showed.

The trio—Frenchman Thomas Pesquet, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and American astronaut Peggy Whitson—launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Pesquet, a rookie astronaut and amateur saxophone player, is the…


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