WATCH: Astronauts launch to space on 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing
Washingtonexaminer.com - Sun 21 Jul 14:37 GMT

Three astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

  Three astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

  NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano are traveling to space on top of a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan.

  NASA has relied on the Russian Soyuz system to get people to space since 2011, but will eventually move to using SpaceX and Boeing to transport astronauts to space.

  Morgan will stay in space until spring 2020, a couple of months after his crew members return in February.

  The trip to the International Space Station is expected to take about six hours.

  They will join NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who have been aboard the International Space Station since March.