After a six-hour journey through Earth's orbit, the Expedition 58 crew has arrived safely on board the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Russian Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos set foot inside the orbital outpost at around 2:37 p.m. ET — or as soon as the hatches between the ISS and their Soyuz MS-11 capsule were opened.
The space pod had docked with the space station two hours before, parking at the ISS Poisk module.
"With the docking of their space capsule, Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques, and Oleg Konenenko have arrived at the space station. They will now put hooks in place and check for leaks before opening the hatches to their new home," NASA wrote on Twitter a few hours ago.
The trio set off on their trip to space bright and early this morning, launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6.31 a.m. ET, the Inquisitr reported earlier today.
Upon reaching the ISS, newbies McClain and David Saint-Jacques and seasoned spacefarer Konenenko were greeted by the members of Expedition 57 — U.S. astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos. Their arrival aboard Earth's orbiting laboratory expands the astronaut crew on the research facility, briefly restoring it to six members, states NASA.