2 new crew members have boarded the International Space Station, bringing the orbiting lab’s total staff count to 5.
NASA’s astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from a Russia-leased facility in Kazakhstan.
They reached the orbit 9 minutes into the flight, then orbited the earth 4 times and docked at the space station.
The duo will spend more than 4 months at the ISS to help conduct some 250 scientific investigations.
The studies will cover a wide range of fields from biology and earth science to human research, physics and technology development.
The crew is also scheduled to receive a resupply mission, carrying tons of food, fuel and research equipment.