The next three crew members bound for the International Space Station (ISS) launched today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:03 a.m. EST.

Astronauts Tim Kopra of NASA and Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will stay for six-months on the orbital complex. Peake will become the first Brit to travel to and live on board the station.  

Previous "Brits in space" have either had U.S. or dual citizenship and worked for the American space agency NASA, or been on privately funded or sponsored trips.

The three will travel in a Soyuz spacecraft, rendezvous with the space station and dock to the Rassvet module at 12:24 p.m. EST.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 46-47 crewmembers Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (left), Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Tim Kopra of NASA (right) pose for photos Dec. 1 in front of their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft during a crew fit check. The trio launched today from Baikonur for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.



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