Three astronauts belonging to United States, Russia and European Union have embarked on a six months long journey hundreds of kilometers above Planet earth. The three will spend the next six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.
The three astronauts who went to the International Space Station through the Russian Soyuz rocket began their journey at 11:41 a.m. EDT/1541 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Their journey was expected to take more than six hours.
The three are known astronauts who have worked in the field for a rather very long time. Randy Bresnik, a celebrated astronaut who works with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, while Sergey Ryazanskiy is with Roscosmos, Russian space agency and Paolo Nespoli, an Italian national, who is associated with the European Space Agency.
The 49-year old American astronaut Randolph James “Komrade” is a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. A Marine Aviator by trade, Bresnik was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 19 in May 2004.
Randolph James was one of two pilots chosen in the Astronaut Class of 2004. In February 2006, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training. In November 2009, he flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-129. He participated in the second and the third spacewalks of the mission. Bresnik’s two spacewalks totalled 11 hours and 50 minutes.
An interesting thing about his family is the fact that his wife Rebecca gave birth to their daughter, Abigail Mae Bresnik on 21 November 2009 at 11:04 p.m. CST, while he was on orbit. On June 10, 2014, NASA announced that Bresnik would command the NEEMO 19 undersea exploration mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory, which began on September 7, 2014 and lasted seven days.
Reports suggest that the arrival of American Astronaut will mean NASA for the first time has four crew members instead of three available for medical experiments, technology demonstrations and other research aboard the station.
NASA has made it abundantly clear that by the end of the year 2018, NASA will start flying astronauts aboard space taxis under development by SpaceX and Boeing. Both spaceships have room for a fourth seat, bumping the station’s overall crew size to seven once Russia returns to full staffing. Bresnik’s family includes his wife, Rebecca Burgin of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, a son Wyatt (2006), and a daughter Abigail Mae (2009) who was born while he was on orbit during STS-129.