Space station crew to increase
The crew of the International Space Station will double in size this week, a long-awaited milestone that will triple the amount of scientific research that can be done on the $100 billion orbiting outpost.
On Wednesday, a Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Belgian and a Canadian is scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and then dock at the station Friday — eight years, six months and 29 days after an inaugural crew of three opened the outpost for business.
They’ll join a Russian, an American and an astronaut from Japan, forming the first full six-person crew to live and work aboard the complex, which is as large as an American football field.
“We’ve been looking forward to getting to this increment for a long, long time,” said Dan Hartman, NASA’s manager for station integration and operations.
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