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Soyuz rocket crew (Photo Credit: NASA/Twitter)

The International Space Station is about to receive some company: a Russian Soyuz rocket and new crew successfully traveled to space on Monday.

At 6:31 a.m. EST, the Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It carried three new crew members, including NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, reported Space.com.

The Soyuz rocket’s journey to the International Space Station took approximately six hours, and it docked at 12:40 p.m. EST. According to NASA’s Twitter, the crew has officially arrived at the International Space Station and they’re completing some safety measures, including putting hooks in place and checking for leaks before going inside their new home.

Monday marks two important milestones for the Soyuz rocket. It’s the first time a crewed Soyuz rocket successfully made it to space following an aborted mission on Oct. 11, where two space travelers were forced to perform an emergency landing after a deformed sensor caused issues. Plus, it’s the first time a Canadian astronaut (Saint-Jacques) is headed to space since Chris Hadfield, who lead the International Space Station five years ago and was known for his publicity success.

Follow NASA’s website for live updates on the Soyuz rocket mission and Expedition 58 crew.

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