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The new Soyuz mission set off at the Kazakhstan Russian Space Station

The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13, local time, carrying expedition 53 flight engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, and flight engineer Joe Acaba of NASA. All three will spend approximately five and a half months onboard the International Space Station.

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, center, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba, left, and Mark Vande Hei, members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), pose during a news conference in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is transported from its hangar to the launch pad.

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship being raised at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Service towers lift towards Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Service towers lift towards Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship is transported from its hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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An Orthodox priest blesses members of the media after having blessed the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad.

An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

An Orthodox priest walks after conducting a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

An Orthodox priest blesses members of the media after having blessed the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

A news conference of three astronauts was held in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, center, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba, left, and Mark Vande Hei, members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), pose during the news conference.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Proton-M rocket booster blasts off from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

The Russian rocket carries Amazonas 5, a Ku- and Ka-band communications satellite for broadband and telecommunications services in Latin America.

In this photo taken with long time exposure, the Proton-M rocket booster blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Proton-M rocket booster blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Proton-M rocket booster blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Proton-M rocket booster blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)