U.S. astronaut Jessica Meir, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station, waves Wednesday prior the launch of Soyuz MS-15 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Credit: Dmitri Lovetsky | AP

Jessica Meir will complete her six-hour space flight Wednesday afternoon when she reaches the International Space Station, some 220 miles above the Earth.

Meir, along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and Emirati astronaut Hazz Al Mansouri, blasted off aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:57 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. They will reach the International Space Station about 3:45 p.m.

Meir, a Caribou native, is the third Mainer, and first Maine woman, to slip the surly bonds of Earth.

You can read more about today’s launch here.

You can rewatch this morning’s space launch here.

You can read more about Meir here.