American, Russian arrive at International Space Station

The duo was expected to reach the station in their Russian-designed Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft about six hours after the launch.

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin are on the docket for this flight, scheduled for take off at 3:13AM ET from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

A Soyuz space capsule on Thursday safely delivered an American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station.

"It's so handsome", USA astronaut Jack Fischer described today's trip to the ISS to his wife.

"NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Fyodor Yurchikin of Roscosmos are now safely in orbit", the statement added.

The US astronaut said he doubted the major task he faces in his 1 trip into space will be learning how to practice the space toilet at zero-gravity.

Crew members and supplies arrive at the ISS via transfer vehicles and space freighters.

The pair joined the three astronauts already living in the orbiting lab and became part of Expedition 51 crewmates.

The arrival of Fischer and Yurchikhin increased the station's crew complement to five.

A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, 43, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, 58, lifted off at 1:13 p.m. local time/3:13 a.m. EDT (0713 GMT) with a rare empty third seat.

In the meantime, Whitson, who is now in command of the ISS crew, will break the US' 534-day record for cumulative days in space previously held by Jeff Williams.

During his time on the orbital complex, Kimbrough participated in several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts.

A two-man U.S./Russian crew floated into the International Space Station today, hours after they blasted from earth to space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA said that The US president will give her a congratulatory phone call for her record-breaking stay.

The crew is also scheduled to receive a resupply mission, carrying tons of food, fuel and research equipment.

At 57, Whitson also is the oldest woman to have been in space.

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