NASA Wants Companies To Take Over the International Space Station

James Marshall
June 8, 2018

A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a manned Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday.

The Soyuz MS-09 is set to arrive at the International Space Station Friday morning.

The trio will be received by Expedition 56 commander Drew Feustel and flight engineers Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos.

ISS residents' missions typically last five to six months.

The livestream above, courtesy of NASA TV's public streaming service, began coverage at 11.15pm BST straight from the Kazakhstani Cosmodrome.

They are scheduled to stay on board the space station for 187 days.

"The crew will orbit Earth 34 times before the spacecraft's arrival and docking", NASA announced in an update.

Once on board, the crew will spend their time carrying out around 250 different science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development. Even as private companies are emerging in the industry, NASA remains an absolutely necessary source of space discovery, according to study participants.

The crew will have to perform 55 scientific experiments during their mission, as well as head into outer space, carry out maintenance work and shoot videos.

The capsule has already made several trips to and from the space station, taking supplies and other cargo. "Sending astronauts into space is one of the most visible of the USA space programs over time". By comparison, fewer Americans say crewed space missions should be top priorities, with 18% saying that sending astronauts to Mars should be a top priority and only 13% saying the same about the moon.

Blue Origin, on the other hand, is testing a system that it hopes will form the basis of a commercial space tourism service, though it also has ambitions far beyond that.

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