Statesville native and astronaut Tom Marshburn is part of a three-member crew that left Kazakhstan on Wednesday on a spacecraft headed for the International Space Station.
Marshburn will be a flight engineer during the six-month mission.
Marshburn left for space around 7:12 a.m. EST aboard the Soyuz TMA-07M, which launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The crew, which also includes Canadian Chris Hadfield and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, is expected to orbit the Earth for two days before joining other crew members aboard the International Space Station, according to NASA.
It will be Marshburn’s second trip to the space station. In 2009, he was part of a crew that helped to finish a Japanese science module.
Marshburn, who was born in Statesville but attended high school in Atlanta, earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a doctorate of medicine from Wake Forest University. He first joined NASA in 1994 as a fight surgeon, according to his bio from the space agency.
Marshburn, Hadfield and Romanenko are expected to remain at the space station until next May. Steve Lyttle contributed
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