According to NASA, the spacecraft took off smoothly at 3:14 pm on March 14th, US Eastern Time. In the past few years, NASA has relied on the purchase of the Soyuz seat to send NASA into space. After six hours of flight, the spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station, and NASA landed on the Rassvet module of the International Space Station. The spacecraft orbited the track four times before docking and remained in that position until after 11 pm, when the door was opened and the team entered the International Space Station.
The launch was carried out at the Baikonur space launch site in Kazakhstan, marking the beginning of the mission of the NASA 59 expedition. The three astronauts joined the team of NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Russian astronaut Oleg Kononenko.
NASA said that the International Space Station is now home to six astronauts who will spend more than half a year on about 250 scientific projects. These studies cover multiple categories, including physical sciences, biology, technology, the Earth, and even human studies.
The number of NASA astronauts entering the International Space Station through the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is not much. The space agency has sought permission to purchase the Soyuz seat by the beginning of 2020, allowing commercial companies under the commercial manned space program to have more time to complete their spacecraft contracts.