Former Gonzaga Prep student arrives at International Space Station

Former Gonzaga Prep student arrives at International Space Station

Three astronauts who launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft have entered the International Space Station after spending nearly eight hours in their tiny capsule.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain, a former student at Gonzaga Prep high school, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos were greeted upon arrival Monday by the station’s current crew members, who had waited outside the capsule’s hatch.

The hatch was opened at 11:40 Monday morning while the station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen.

Students at Gonzaga Prep have been watching much of the takeoff and arrival from their classrooms.

McClain graduated from the high school in 1997. Her math teacher and softball coach, Shari Manikowski, was invited to watch the launch from Houston.

The City of Spokane has declared the day Anne McClaine Day.

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