Sunita Williams all set to break her record for longest stay in space.

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sunita-williamsJuly 19, Baikonur: On Monday morning, a Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station (ISS). It took with it three astronauts including Sunita Williams, who already holds the record for the longest stay in space spent for a woman.

New beginning for the International Space Station (ISS)! Three new astronauts have indeed taken off Sunday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket weighing 305 tons and carrying the TMA-05M spacecraft left earth without difficulty to 2:40 GMT. It entered orbit nine minutes later after passing through a thin cloud layer. But this new crew is far from being like others. It is indeed composed of Russian Yuri Malenchenko, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japanese and especially the American Sunita Williams.

This 46 year old astronaut has already made two trips to the ISS with a in which she set three records for a female astronaut: She spent the longest stay in space (188 days), one of the most large number of outputs in the space (4) and the time spent longer in the space (29 hours and 17 minutes). She is preparing to set a new record with this third voyage which she is also welcomed. “Goodbye Planet Earth! Woo Hoo!” she had started on Twitter a few hours before takeoff. As for Yuri Malenchenko and Akihiko Hoshide, they are not beginners as it is for them respectively the second and fifth spaceflight.

Russian cosmonaut aged 50 has stayed the same for over 125 days aboard the Mir station in 1994. The three astronauts were rather quiet and the air in this new departure. Images transmitted from inside the capsule, they read their instructions peacefully flight, the mission commander Yuri Malenchenko bustling front of the dashboard with a sort of remote control. “This is one of the most basic technical aspects of the Soyuz capsule,” said a specialist live NASA video.

The three astronauts are now on track to join the ISS at which they will dock at the end of a journey of two days. They will then join the Russian Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revine and the NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba currently on board, a crew that had flown from Kazakhstan on May 15

Shortly before takeoff, Japan’s Akihiko Hoshide addressed the team that prepared the Russian vessel for this trip and thanked them in a tweet to have “all been working with pride.” Sunita Williams has meanwhile expressed his impatience of reporters at the idea of watching the Olympic Games in London since the station when their schedule rather busy for the next four months would allow.

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