Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Minnesota Native Heading To Int'l Space Station

Minnesota Native Heading To Int'l Space Station

The three crewmates launched aboard the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:17 p.m. (3:17 a.m. Baikonur time Wednesday), orbited Earth four times, and docked at the space station.

He will spend five-and-a-half months aboard the space station with an global crew, comprised of two other Americans, two Russians and one Italian astronaut.

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Mark Vande Hei, a retired U.S. Army colonel, is scheduled to head to the International Space Station Tuesday afternoon, according to NASA officials. After launch the trip to the station should take about six hours or so at which point the crew will dock and the hatch will open roughly two hours after that.

The Minnesota native will spend five months on the International Space Station.

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