The three-man crew of American astronaut Reid Wiseman, German Astronaut Alexander Gerst, and commander Maksim Suraev of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency departed from Earth yesterday (5/28) headed for the ISS.
Ahead of the launch, the astronauts took questions from the media. One member of the media asked how the recent events in Ukraine affected the astronauts, seeing as Russia’s relations with Germany and the U.S. have been very strained since the turmoil began.
The astronauts response was awesome:
The three men have built a strong friendship over the years while training together.
“I think it means a lot if you look at our crew as not just a team of three different guys from three different nationalities or continents – we are actually a group of friends… Space is without borders, we fly to an international space station where we do experiments that come back to Earth and benefit all of us – they benefit all humankind,”
said Gerst in response to a question from a German journalist. They took this selfie during the interview to reiterate their unity.
The three colleagues and friends have actually taken a number of other awesome pictures together over the years, including these two.
The crew will spend six months aboard the ISS and will return in November.
Read more from RT here.