NASA Wants Companies To Take Over the International Space Station

  • NASA Wants Companies To Take Over the International Space Station

NASA Wants Companies To Take Over the International Space Station

Rather than dismantling the space station, the memo said, the plan was to "expand worldwide and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit".

A camera mounted outside the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft provided live views of the rocket's ascent into orbit, and it showed the Soyuz launcher's third stage jettisoning from the capsule, venting gas to steer clear of the crew's spaceship.

The manned spacecraft subsequently entered the near-Earth orbit and started its autonomous flight to the orbital outpost, Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos told TASS.

A fun fact for Michiganders is that with Expedition 55 leaving the space station, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos handed control of the space station over to NASA astronaut, and MI native, Andrew J. Feustel.

You can catch the coverage from 8:15 a.m. ET, with the docking expected to take place at 9:07 a.m. ET.

The Russian Soyuz MS-09 ship is set to reach the ISS on Friday. The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December.

They will spend six months aboard the station, joining the three-man crew that's already aboard.

The impressive orbital research station has been in continuous usage by various crews on rotation since November 2000.

The astronaut-carrying version of the Dragon includes seven seats, a bank of monitors offering the crew real-time flight data, a climate-control system for added comfort, and plenty of windows so the space travelers can gaze in awe at the stunning scenery.

This launch comes on the heels of the safe return to Earth of Expedition 55, which was made up of NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Japan's Norishige Kanai and mission commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Space Agency.