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Three fresh crew members arrived at the International Space Station today aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft today, just six hours after their launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Russia’s Sergey Ryazanskiy and Italy’s Paolo Nespoli bring the station’s crew back to its full strength of six for Expedition 52/53. NASA’s Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer and the station’s Russian commander Fyodor Yurchikhin have been in orbit for months. Every day, Whitson sets a new U.S. record for total cumulative time spent in space (629 days and counting). She and her two crewmates are due to head home in September, while the newly arrived trio will be aboard the station until December.

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