Staying up late tonight watching the stars? Well, that’s funny, because two more human beings will be launching into space to join the crew of the International Space Station tonight, and you can watch it happen LIVE. Space.com reports.
Tonight, April 20th, at 3:13am EDT (1:13am PDT) (0713 GMT), NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin will launch to the International Space Station to join Commander Peggy Whitson and Expedition 51. The men ‘will take a swift, 6-hour flight.’ They are due to arrive at the orbiting lab at 9:23 am EDT (7:23am PDT) (1323 GMT). NASA coverage of that docking will start one hour before arrival, at 8:30am EDT.
Watch on NASA TV HERE
“Expedition 51 will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard the International Space Station, humanity’s only microgravity laboratory.
” Jack Fischer, a first-time space flier, and Yurchikhin, a veteran of four spaceflights, will spend more than four months aboard the orbiting laboratory before returning to Earth in early September.”
Hatches between the Soyuz and space station will open at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) NASA TV coverage of hatch opening and welcome ceremonies will begin at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT).