At 5:02 ET, the rest of Expedition 44 astronauts launched for the six hour flight to the International Space Station. Commander Oleg Kononenko, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren will join the crew on the ISS which includes One-Year Mission team members, NASA’s Scott Kelly and Roscosmos’ Mikhail Kornienko.
The One-Year experiments have been ongoing on the ISS, designed to test long term space effects for eventual long flight space travel to Mars and beyond, according to NASA.
This launch had been delayed two months after the Progress 59 failure.
Until NASA’s Commercial Crew Program takes off, NASA astronauts will continue to ride on Roscosmos launches from Russia.