A trio of astronauts blasted off Wednesday morning on a two-day trip to the International Space Station.
The MS-09 spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the space station's Rassvet module at 9:07 a.m. on Friday, June 8.
Once the astronauts connect with the space lab they will be greeted by astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev.More news: First ‘How to Train Your Dragon
ISS residents' missions typically last five to six months.
The ISS crew spent a staggering 168 days in orbit, circling the Earth 2,688 times and covering a distance of 71.2 million miles.
Forty-seven percent say conducting basic scientific research to increase the knowledge of space is top priority, followed by developing technologies that are adaptable for various uses (41 percent), doing research on the effects of space travel on health (38 percent), and searching for materials and resources to be used on Earth (34 percent). The three arriving astronauts will remain aboard until December. Only 18 percent of respondents said NASA should send humans to Mars and even fewer think astronauts should return to the moon.More news: 'Hot Felon' Jeremy Meeks' Divorce From Ex-Wife Melissa Granted
Time will tell if any of the new crew members gain the profile of some earlier ISS inhabitants, including Chris Hadfield who became an online star for his cover of Bowie's Space Oddity, among other things, and Tim Peake, who had a fun time explaining how space toilets work and why somersaults in the space station don't make you dizzy.
The spacecraft's crew includes Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, U.S. astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and German astronaut Alexander Gerst. Overall, 58% of USA adults believe it is essential to include the use of human astronauts in the future US space program, while 41% say astronauts are not essential.
Blue Origin, on the other hand, is testing a system that it hopes will form the basis of a commercial space tourism service, though it also has ambitions far beyond that.More news: Capitals hoist first Stanley Cup in franchise history