Astronaut Yui Arrives At Iss - - Marvels At Beauty Of Earth From Orbit

Astronaut Yui arrives at ISS--marvels at beauty of Earth from orbitAstronaut Kimiya Yui told his family he was stunned by the sight of the Earth from orbit upon arrival at the International Space Station (ISS) on July 23.
“The launch was smooth, and the Earth looks very beautiful,” the 45-year-old Yui told them of his first impression from space.

Yui and two other astronauts rode a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS, 400 kilometers above the Earth, after the spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier on July 23. The spacecraft successfully docked with ISS at 11:45 a.m (JST).

At 1:56 p.m., the three astronauts entered the ISS, marking the end of an eight-hour trip to the space station and the start of their five-month mission.

Immediately after their arrival, the astronauts gathered in front of cameras to communicate with their families, who were at a hall near the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

“The launch was impressive. How are you feeling now,” 78-year-old Sukeji Yui asked his astronaut son.

“The Earth is so beautiful that I have nothing to say,” Kimiya Yui replied.

“We are eagerly waiting for the mission to be performed step by step,” Yui’s 46-year-old wife, Yasuyo, told her husband.

Yui gaves a thumbs-up and said he would do his best, adding, “As a first step, I will capture the Konotori and then conduct many undertakings.”

The Konotori is a Japanese unmanned spacecraft that will be launched to resupply the ISS in August.