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Russia’s Soyuz MS-24 launches crew for up to yearlong stay on space station

September 15, 2023

— Two Russian cosmonauts have left Earth to spend a year aboard the International Space Station, flying with an American crewmate who will come home after six months.

Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub of the Russian federal space corporation Roscosmos and Loral O’Hara of NASA launched together on Russia’s Soyuz MS-24 spacecraft on Friday (Sept. 15). The three lifted off at at 11:44 a.m. EDT (1544 GMT or 8:44 p.m. local time) atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

A trio of small plush seagulls served as the crew’s zero-g…

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