Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:50PM
An armoured personnel carrier drives next to Russia's Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft shortly before the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on April 20, 2017. © AFP
An armoured personnel carrier drives next to Russia's Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft shortly before the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on April 20, 2017. © AFP
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2 new crew members have boarded the International Space Station, bringing the orbiting lab’s total staff count to 5.

NASA’s astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from a Russia-leased facility in Kazakhstan.

They reached the orbit 9 minutes into the flight, then orbited the earth 4 times and docked at the space station.

The duo will spend more than 4 months at the ISS to help conduct some 250 scientific investigations.

The studies will cover a wide range of fields from biology and earth science to human research, physics and technology development.

The crew is also scheduled to receive a resupply mission, carrying tons of food, fuel and research equipment.