Russian-US crew welcomed aboard the space station

Katie Ramirez
November 22, 2020

Rubins and the two Russian cosmonauts will dock the Soyuz to the station's Rassvet module at 4:52 a.m. Coverage of the docking will begin on NASA TV and the agency's website at 4 a.m.

The NASA duo returned safely on August 2 and a fresh SpaceX launch, this time anticipating a full-length half-year mission at the space station, is expected next month.

There were two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and one NASA astronaut, Kathleen "Kate" Rubins on board, per NASA Spaceflight.

Typically, there's a bit of a delay between when astronauts launch from Earth to the International Space Station, and when they actually dock with the orbital lab.

- 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.

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Since ending the space shuttle program in 2011, NASA has depended on Russian Federation to transport astronauts to the ISS. Wednesday's crewed venture even beat the quickest an ideal opportunity for missions simply conveying supplies to the station.

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

But the men and women that fly to the space station have played down talk of competition and focused instead on space travel's ability to bring rival nations together for a common cause. "We have an incredible partnership", Rubins said in an interview from Russia's Star City before her flight. Talking at a pre-launch public interview on Tuesday, Rubins didn't legitimately reference the SpaceX flight when asked how she felt to be ready during another period in space investigation.

Ryzhikov is the commander of flight MS-17 and will take over the command of the ISS from astronaut Chris Cassidy.

The ISS, which has been permanently occupied since 2000, has been a rare example of cooperation between Moscow and Washington. Rogozin on Monday said he didn't conceive Moscow taking an interest "for a huge scope" in a NASA-drove Moon-orbiting station known as The Gateway. The proposed new station "is too US-driven" Rogozin said. The two astronauts on board were not hurt.

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