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Astronauts prepare to join ISS


Astronauts prepare to join ISS

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The International Space Station is set to welcome three more astronauts later this month. Belgian Frank de Winne, Canadian Robert Thirsk and Russian Roman Romanenko will travel to the ISS on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft which will launch from Khazakstan.

De Winne is set to become the first European commander of the ISS and managing the 6-strong team will be his responsibility. The ISS has recently been re-equipped in order to house the new teams, which used to consist of only three astronauts. New equipment includes new Environment Control and Life Support Systems, including the headline-grabbing urine recycling system.
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