After two rounds of, the path is now clear for the next few batches of crew members to make the trip to the orbital science lab, starting with a trio blasting off from Kazakhstan early Friday.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrovare are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 12:42 a.m. PT and dock with the ISS a little over three hours later. They'll join the seven crew members already living there.
Last month, three of the crew members on the ISS boarded the Soyuz capsule currently parked at the station and took a short trip to relocate it from an Earth-facing port to a space-facing port. It's the cosmic equivalent of pulling the car around back to make room for people to park in front.
The Soyuz capsule carrying Vande Hei, Novitskiy and Dubrovare Friday will take up that Earth-facing port that was vacated last month.
Afor the first time on April 5 in order to make room for another Crew Dragon that will be carrying four more astronauts to the ISS on April 22.
Before that flight, Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will return to Earth on April 16., NASA Flight Engineer
It's clearly rush hour in orbit this month. You can watch Friday's launch on NASA TV and via the feed below. Coverage begins at 11:45 p.m. PT Thursday night.
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