The hatches between the International Space Station and the newly arrived Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft formally opened at 5:16 p.m. EDT. The arrival of three new crew members to the prevailing seven individuals already aboard for Expedition 69 quickly will increase the station’s inhabitants to 10.
NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub joined the house station’s Expedition 69 crew of NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Frank Rubio, Roscosmos cosmonauts Dmitri Petelin, Konstantin Borisov, and Sergey Prokopyev, as effectively ESA (European House Company) astronaut Andreas Mogensen and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Company) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa. O’Hara will spend six months aboard the orbital laboratory, whereas Kononenko and Chub will each spend one 12 months on the orbital outpost.
On Sept. 27, Rubio, Petelin, and Prokopyev will return to Earth on the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft. The trio have been aboard the orbital laboratory since arriving Sept. 21, 2022.
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