One American, two Russians blast off to International Space Station

Katie Ramirez
October 15, 2020

The launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan occurred at 1:45 am ET on Wednesday.

A trio of astronauts reached the International Space Station in just three hours using a new fast track maneuver.

This isn't the first time, though, that this ultrafast method has been successful.

"With the capture of their space capsule confirmed at 4:48 am ET, @NASA_Astronauts Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov have docked with the @Space_Station", NASA said in a tweet.

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov reached the International Space Station on Wednesday in just about three hours.

Ryzhikov, a 46-year-old former military pilot, has spent 173 days in space, compared to Rubins' 115 while Kud-Sverchkov, 37, flies for the first time. Yuri's job is to act as a zero-gravity indicator.

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That's according to the RIA Novosti agency citing communications between crew and the ground, broadcast by NASA.

The mission is the last scheduled Russian flight carrying a US crew member, marking an end to a long-held dependency as the USA revives its own crew launch capability in an effort to drive down the cost of sending astronauts to space.

This launch marked a milestone in terms of a crewed Soyuz mission, as it became the first to carry out an ultrafast, three-hour journey to the ISS.

The oxygen supply system has failed in a module on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) but the crew is in no danger, Russian space agency Roscosmos said Thursday.

As part of its efforts to launch a new Moon program, NASA has proposed the construction of a new space station in lunar orbit called Lunar Gateway, and has invited all ISS partners to participate.

Notice the long solar arrays on the ISS. Each array has two MBSUs. The date coincides with the start of Rubin's second mission, and she is looking forward to it. "Inside of this incredibly capable orbiting laboratory, we can do all kinds of experiments, including physics, looking at particles and quantum mechanics, biology experiments, printing organs with tissue-like structures and all the way to human physiology".

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