New Crew Launches to Space Station Today

The International Space Station as it appears in 2018. Zarya is visible at the center of the complex, identifiable by its partially retracted solar arrays. (Credit: NASA)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (NASA PR) — NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, March 14. Liftoff aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is targeted at 3:14 p.m. EDT. Live coverage will air on NASA Television beginning at 2 p.m.

The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. This launch will also mark the fourth Expedition crew with two female astronauts.