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Soyuz With US-Russian Crew Reaches Space Station In 3 Hours

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Expedition 64 crew members (from left) Kate Rubins of NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos in front of the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft.

Journeys to the ISS usually take around six hours - a time that was a vast improvement on the two-day flights that prevailed prior to 2013.

- An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts have launched to the International Space Station just ahead of and to extend 20 years of a continuous human presence in Earth orbit.

Wednesday's manned journey even beat the fastest time for missions just carrying supplies to the station.

The launch is sandwiched between two SpaceX missions - the first manned spaceflights to the ISS under NASA's aegis since 2011. Before May 30, when USA astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley showed up at the ISS graciousness of vehicles to rockets investor Elon Musk, Russia and Baikonur had delighted in a worthwhile restraining infrastructure on crewed missions to the ISS.

Roscosmos confirmed the successful docking of the Soyuz spacecraft in a tweet.

On the International Space Station, the Electron-VM oxygen production system has failed in the Russian Orbital Segment.

In November, NASA and SpaceX will launch the first operational mission to the ISS on the "Crew Dragon" capsule.

However, the people who fly to the space station make light of discuss rivalry and spotlight rather on space travel's capacity to unite rival countries for a typical reason. "We have an incredible partnership", Rubins said in an interview from Russia's Star City before her flight.

Speaking during Tuesday's pre-launch news conference at Baikonur, Rubins emphasized that the crew spent weeks in quarantine at the Star City training facility outside Moscow and then on Baikonur to avoid any threat from the coronavirus.

Before joining the US space agency, NASA, Rubins worked as a microbiologist and was involved in research on viruses.

In 2016, Rubins sequenced DNA in space for the first time.

The ISS, which has been permanently occupied since 2000, has been a rare example of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

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