New trio settles in on the space station

Space station crew
The six space station crewmates of Expedition 54 face the camera after their orbital meetup. Upper row: Joe Acaba, Alexander Misurkin and Mark Vande Hei. Lower row: Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov and Norishige Kanai. (NASA TV)

The International Space Station’s crew is back up to its full complement of six, thanks to today’s arrival of three fresh spacefliers aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. NASA’s Scott Tingle, Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov and Japan’s Norishige Kanai were launched into space over the weekend and will be in orbit until next June.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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