There’s been some huge news in the area of space! The world has seen another first as members from the United Kingdom have gone up to space in the International Space Station. It was announced that British astronaut Tim Peake was the first United Kingdom citizen to embark on the voyage to the international Space Station.
Two others went up with him, Tim Kopra from NASA and Russian Yuri Malenchenko. He tweeted up in space” What an incredible ride to space yesterday-Soyuz felt so smooth & powerful. Yuri did outstanding job getting us safely docked.”
This is a great time for the UK citizens as they can be happy that this is the first time a citizen was onboard the station. The other two astronauts are veterans of travel and have been up there a few times. NASA’s Dan Hout said “A flawless flight into orbit today.”
The new group of three men will spend the next half of the year joined with Scott Kelly, Sergey Volko and Mikhail Kornienko, the 46th expedition team. They will be doing many experiments in microgravity and focusing on researching for medical ideas in space. The program has been called very intense. NASA astronaut Kelly will be leaving soon and relinquishing command to Kora who will be the leader of the 47th expedition team.
The flight was done through the Russians with their Soyuz rocket, which was launched at 6:03am EST time. There was no problem with liftoff, but later with docking the ship on the ISS was a problem for them.
It was stated that:
Malenchenko took manual control of the spacecraft after the automated docking attempt was unexpectedly aborted and successfully docked with the station’s Russian segment at 12:33 pm EST, the hatches opened to admit the crew into the space station at 2:58 pm.
Now that the crew has made it up there they will begin the extensive experiments. The experiments are vast as they hit a broad variety of fields. This is just what needs to be done as well up in space. The more scientists learn about microgravity and the many things that can be done in it, the better they will be equipped to deal with longer space missions. Often times they test themselves in space.
Potential for Future
One of the reason they do so many extensive tests is because humans are very complicated and they need to figure out how they will react to prolonged times in space, especially if they’re going to be doing months or even years on end in interstellar travel.
There are a few cool experiments they are doing up there currently. Right now they are growing disease proteins crystalized from the inside out so that they can understand them better for scientists to combat them back home. Also NASA announced that the Japanese module system is going to work on how combusting flames works in microgravity. They’ll also be testing out portable habitats that could be used on other planets one day.