NASA has announced that its astronauts Christina Koch and Nick The Hague certainly came to the International Space Station and then boarded the ship. The trip took place on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft along with Roscosmos Alexey Ovchinin; The vehicle was launched for ISS at 3:14 EDT on March 14, according to NASA, which says the crew boarded ISS late last night.
Soyuz spacecraft, which NASA has purchased in recent years, docked with ISS Rassvet module at 9:01 ET after six hours of travel. The spacecraft revolved four times before docking, and remained in that position until a little after 11 PM, at which time the door was opened and the team entered the ISS.
The launch of the spacecraft took place from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome, which marked the start of NASA's Expedition 59 mission, which the agency officially started the watch when the vehicle docked with the ISS. The two astronauts and the cosmonaut join NASA's Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Roscosmos & Oleg Kononenko.
ISS is now home to six crew members who will spend more than half a year on about 250 scientific projects, according to NASA. These studies cover several categories, including physics science, biology, technology, soil and even human research.
This will be one of the latest trips the NASA astronauts make to the ISS via Russia's Soyuz spacecraft. The space agency has sought permission to purchase seats on the vehicle through early 2020, giving the commercial companies during their crew program more time to complete their manned spacecraft agreements.