Three astronauts will launch towards the International Space Station Wednesday morning.
NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst are set to lift off aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m.
The Soyuz MS-09 is set to arrive at the International Space Station Friday morning. The three astronauts will be greeted by their fellow Expedition 56 crewmates: NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev.
ISS residents’ missions typically last five to six months.