Several months have passed since Soyuz's failure to launch plans for astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin to head to the International Space Station, but eventually reached their original destination. On Thursday yesterday, both Ovchinin and Hague headed to the ISS with a space passenger for the first time, Christina Koch. the number of crews up to six. Recently arrived scientists will spend approximately the next six months in space.
NASA is delighted that the new astronauts are on board the space station and provides a brief summary of the types of work the crew will handle: Crew members will spend more than six months conducting around 250 field research such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technological development. 75 of the studies are new and never performed in space. Some of the studies are sponsored by the US National Space Station, which Congress set out in 2005 to maximize its use to improve the quality of life on Earth.
Sending into space is something that only a small percentage of people once had the privilege to experience, but the ISS crew is not there for pleasure. Many of the experiments conducted on the spacecraft provide useful information about Earth's scientific initiatives as well as future missions that will go deeper into space.
Later this month, ICN's new resident, Kristina Koch, will be part of the first female walk in space when she and NASA colleagues from the NASA climbers Anne McClain step outside the ship to perform various duties and experiments.