NASA's Shane Kimbrough and France's Thomas Pesquet tackled the second in a series of powerful solar wings that should keep the space station running the rest of this decade, as space tourism ramps up with visitors beginning in the fall.
The group linked up with the International Space Station to speak with French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet about life in space.
This is the third crewed flight to be launched into orbit under NASA’s fledgling public-private partnership with SpaceX, this time with two Americans, one French and one Japanese astronaut.
Russia's Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov along with NASA's Kate Rubins landed on barren land at 0455 GMT in Kazakhstan.
French President Macron and Italian counterpart Mattarella bond over Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci after months of tensions between Paris and Rome over Italy's populist government and its support for French "yellow vest" protesters.
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