A trio of Russian, Japanese and US astronauts blasted off on a Russian Soyuz rocket for a four-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Japan’s Akihito Hoshide will be at the ISS in two days. The Soyuz is schedule to dock on Tuesday with the ISS at 08:52 a.m. Moscow time (0452 GMT).
The six man team of international researchers shut themselves in a virtual spacecraft in Russia to begin a 520-day simulation of a manned mission to Mars. The mission will allow the researchers to ‘fly to Mars’ during the first 250 days, land and explore terrain for a month, and then embark on a 230 day return flight.