New Crew Docks at International Space Station

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Less than three weeks after Scott Kelly returned from his record-breaking space expedition, three astronauts docked at the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, replaced Kelly and two cosmonauts from the Russian Federal Space Agency, who completed their mission on March 1.

The trio will conduct hundreds of biology, biotechnology, physical science and earth science experiments over six months on ISS.

Williams is set to break Kelly’s American record for cumulative days in space, with a whopping 534 days away from Earth. Kelly’s last trip, which spanned nearly a year, was the longest time an American astronaut spent in orbit. Over four flights, Kelly spent 520 days in space.

The crew lifted off in the Soyuz rocket from a Kazakhstan launch site on Friday evening. Less than six hours later, it arrived at the ISS, orbiting at about 250 miles above the Earth’s surface.

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SOURCE: CNN, Lydia O’Neal