- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2020

Two Mainers are orbiting the planet in the International Space Station.

Chris Cassidy and two Russians blasted off Thursday and climbed aboard the space station, where they’ll spend the next six months. It’s the third mission into space for Cassidy, who attended York High School.

Already on board the space station was Jessica Meir, a Caribou native. She and two other crew member will return to Earth on April 17.

There was little fanfare when newest three crew members blasted off in Soyuz capsule from Kazakhstan. The number of workers was kept to a minimum because of the new coronavirus.

The next vessel to arrive at the International Space Station will come from the U.S. The SpaceX will be the first orbital launch of astronauts from the U.S. since NASA’s space shuttle program ended in 2011.

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