Friday space launch puts University of Tennessee back in space

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As astronaut who graduated from the University of Tennessee will spend the next four months on the International Space Station.

Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, American astronaut Randy Bresnik and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky blasted off from Kazakhstan in a Soyuz MS spacecraft.

The launch will be shown live at 11:41 a.m., followed immediately by post-launch interviews. The spacecraft will perform a flight to the ISS using a shortened six-hour scheme to allow the new expedition to arrive at the docking port of the Rassvet module already at 01:01 a.m. Moscow time on July 29. He ultimately served as flight engineer aboard the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft in 2013, and spent 166 days in space - this will be his second launch and long-duration mission.

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The Citadel also will stream the launch on its Facebook page. His science mission for ESA is called Vita (short for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability) and was selected by Italy's ASI space agency. The crew will be welcomed by NASA flight engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos.

NASA will start sending astronauts up to the station using ships developed by SpaceX and Boeing by the end of next year.

The group will bring the ISS up to its full crew of six and will work on experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science, according to NASA.

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