Expedition 53-54, comprising of Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba, successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft, on Wednesday.
The trio departed on their fast-track path to the space station from the Russian manned launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, at 03:17 local time (21:17 GMT on Tuesday... Еще). They were greeted aboard the ISS by cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli.
Misurkin, Vande Hei and Acaba will spend around five months aboard the ISS, during which they will conduct hundreds of experiments in the fields of biology, biotechnology and physics.
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