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Puerto Rican astronaut Joseph Acabá embarks on third trip into space – Orlando Sentinel

Puerto Rican astronaut Joseph Acabá blasted off into space Tuesday as part of a team that will conduct research at the International Space Station.

This is the third trip into space for Acabá, and his second trip to the ISS. He will be joined by Mark Vande Hei, a member of NASA and Virginia native; and Alexander Misurkin, a Russian who is part of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities. According to NASA, the team will spend about five and a half months in space to conduct Expeditions 53 and 54.

They replaced the team headed by Peggy Whitson, the astronaut who has accumulated the greatest amount of time spent in space — 665 days — after returning on Sept. 2. She was joined by Jack Fisher and Fyodor Yurchikhin.

Acabá, Vande Hei and Misurkin took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan about 5:17 p.m. in a Russian ship called Soyuz. The journey, at maximum speed, was completed in about six hours.

Puerto Rican astronaut Joseph Acabá embarks on third trip into space – Orlando Sentinel

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