Watch live as NASA launches new crew to International Space Station

The trio of astronauts were successfully launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:12 a.m. ET Wednesday, 5:12 p.m. local time.

But new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, this week is talking openly about a very different future the International Space Station and space travel in general.

The NASA live stream comes days after the United States space agency broadcasted the return of Expedition 55 Commander Anton Shkaplerov, flight engineer Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency touching back on Earth.

Once the astronauts connect with the space lab they will be greeted by astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemyev.

Once on board, the crew will spend their time carrying out around 250 different science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development. Only 18 percent of respondents said NASA should send humans to Mars and even fewer think astronauts should return to the moon.

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Other astronauts are already working at the ISS.

The arrival of the new crew will restore the station to six crew members.

"Strong public support that the US should continue to be at the vanguard of space exploration is widely shared across gender, educational and political groups". During their stay, the three astronauts will carry out a series of applied surveys and experiments, will take space walks to work outside the ISS (scheduled for August 8, 2018), while part of their work will take place in the transport spacecraft, namely the Russian Progress MS and the American Dragon.

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.

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