Latest Space Station crew docks in record time following successful launch

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 14, 2020

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Just a few weeks ahead of the 20th anniversary of a continuous human presence in space, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov launched for a stay on the International Space Station. Previously it took twice as long for the crews to reach the station.

Capture of the Soyuz capsule was confirmed at 4:48 a.m. EDT.

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a USA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts successfully reached the International Space Station after blasting off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, live footage broadcast by Russia's space agency Roscosmos showed.

U.S. astronaut Kate Rubins, left, Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, center, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov at a news conference in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, the day before the new Soyuz mission took place.

When the Soyuz hatch opened at 7:07 a.m. EDT, Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov joined NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Ivan Vagner, Anatoly Ivanishin onboard the space station.

The new arrivals will spend six months on the space lab.

Expedition 64 begins Wednesday, October 21, with the departure of Cassidy, Vagner, and Ivanishin in the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft that brought them to the station on April 9.

The launch is sandwiched between two SpaceX launches - the first manned spaceflights to the ISS under NASA's aegis since 2011. NASA and Roscosmos have successfully collaborated for years, but "this partnership was the product of a different era in US-Russia relations", per NBC. Coincidentally it's also Rubins' birthday.

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