American, Russian arrive at International Space Station

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin

Nothing could encapsulate the wonder of the trip to the International Space Station much like 41-year-old first-time astronaut Jack Fischer who told his wife the trip was "a burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce".

Whitson's stay at the space outpost was also recently extended for an additional three months.

After a six-hour flight, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station.

Fischer and Yurchikhin were originally assigned in 2015 to fly with a third crew member, ESA's Paolo Nespoli, but a decision by Roscosmos to reduce its contingent from three to two cosmonauts until its multipurpose lab module (MLM) Nauka is ready to launch in 2018 resulted in schedule and seat changes.

After a little over a week with just four crew members on board the Space Station, the Expedition 51 is now complete.

The two launched aboard the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Yurchikhin and Fischer are beginning a five-month mission at ISS where three astronauts, including NASA's Peggy Whitson, are already stationed.

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Expedition 51 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for launch April 20, 2017, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

A Soyuz space capsule delivered an American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station on Thursday.

She will return to Earth in early September with both Fischer and Yurchikhin after NASA made a decision to extend her stay in space by three months.

Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged to work together on issues including Syria and North Korea and cooperate more closely to advance free trade, striking a contrast with American economic nationalism being promoted by President Donald Trump.

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Russian Federation is now the only country executing manned space flights to the ISS, despite its space industry having suffered a string of setbacks and launch failures in recent years.

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