A fiery display will mark the start of a remarkable mission+ READ ARTICLE
It will take Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko and Gannady Padalka less than nine minutes to drive to work on Saturday. That’s the easy part. The hard part is that Padalka won’t punch out for six months; for Kornienko and Kelly, it will be a year.
Their office, of course, is the International Space Station (ISS). And their drive is expected to begin at 3:42 p.m. ET Friday, or 1:42 a.m. Saturday in Kazakhstan, where their Soyuz rocket will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, en route to space—a liftoff TIME will stream live on this page starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. The 510-second sprint to low-Earth orbit will be followed by a six-hour chase, in which the Soyuz will slowly gain ground on the station, finally docking at about the same time people in Kazakhstan will be arriving at their decidedly more prosaic places of business.