Three new astronauts will take off from Kazakhstan to the international space station (ISS) on a Russian Soyuz rocket in the late evening of October 13 local time. The three will go to the space station about a month ahead of SpaceX’s next manned dragon spacecraft. It is reported that the manned dragon spacecraft will send another group of four astronauts to the space station in mid November. < / P > < p > aboard the Soyuz spacecraft, two Russian astronauts, Sergey ryzhikov and Sergey KuD Sverchkov, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, who will make a second space trip, were included. The three will join three astronauts who have been living in ISS since April this year: Russian astronauts Anatoly ivanishin and Ivan vagner, and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy. However, this group of astronauts will not be in space for long. Cassidy and her companions will return to earth in the Soyuz capsule on October 21. < / P > < p > in a few weeks, from early November to mid November, Rubins and her team will welcome four crew members of SpaceX’s first manned dragon spacecraft mission, crew 1. The flight will include three NASA astronauts, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who will stay there for six months. By the time they arrive, the ISS will have a total of seven people, which is more than the usual number on the space station. Since the end of the space shuttle program, the ISS usually has no more than six astronauts. < / P > < p > Rubins’ Soyuz flight is in the interim of NASA’s manned space program. Since the last flight of the space shuttle in 2011, the only way for the space agency to get to the space station is to take Russia’s Soyuz rocket. But through NASA’s commercial astronaut program, two private companies, SpaceX and Boeing, have developed their own capsule to transport NASA astronauts. In May this year, SpaceX delivered two NASA astronauts to ISS, proving that the Dragon spacecraft can safely complete the mission of astronauts to and from ISS. Boeing’s first manned test flight is currently scheduled for next year. < / P > < p > it is reported that NASA hoped that they would be ready last year, but when more delays appeared, the agency bought the last seat of the Soyuz — the one Rubins would take. < / P > < p > next, NASA hopes to trade seats with Russian space agency. Russian astronauts will take SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft in exchange for NASA astronauts taking Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz is expected to take off from the Baikonur space launch site in Kazakhstan at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday (October 14, local time). Soyuz will orbit the earth only twice, and will stay in space for three hours before docking with ISS. The docking will take place around 4:52 a.m. EST on Wednesday, and the astronauts will board ISS in less than two hours. After 12 years, “world class Super project” Shantou Bay Tunnel ushers in a historic breakthrough today