[Update] And they have successfully launched.

[Original Story] Expedition 47 on the International Space Station is just about to begin, with NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka making their way to the station today at 5:25PM Eastern (9:25 GMT).

The trio will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan from the Soyuz spacecraft and dock.

You will be able to watch it live on NASA Television at 4:30PM Eastern. You can also watch it live in the embed below:

Here’s the full schedule:

March 18th

  • 4:30PM ET: Launch coverage begins.
  • 5:26PM ET: Russian Soyuz rocket launches from Kazakhstan.
  • 10:30PM ET: Coverage of docking sequence begins.
  • 11:11PM ET: Soyuz capsule docks with the ISS.

March 19th

  • 12:30AM ET: Coverage of hatch opening begins.
  • 12:55AM ET: Hatch opens, and astronauts enter the ISS.

This will be the third trip that Williams has took a trip to the ISS, by the time he returns he will hold the record for the most time in space, a massive 534 days spent outside of Earth, beating Scott Kelly’s 520-day record.

It should be an exciting launch and we will update you as more happens.

Source: NASA

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