NASA astronaut and Russian crewmates successfully reach ISS in three hours

Pablo Tucker
November 22, 2020

NASA's Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station.

The new crew members will join Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who will complete their station mission and land on Earth on the steppe of Kazakhstan on October 21, USA time, in the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft that brought them to the station on April 9, NASA said in a blog post.

Since ending the space shuttle program in 2011, NASA has depended on Russian Federation to transport astronauts to the ISS.

Expedition 64 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, left, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, center, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, right, of Roscosmos are seen as they depart Building 254 to head to their launch onboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft. The record was set during an unmanned resupply mission in August 2019.

"This two-orbit rendezvous has been modeled for quite awhile now".

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 United States astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the ISS, Russia and Baikonur had enjoyed a lucrative monopoly on manned missions to the ISS.

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

The American segment of the space station has its own oxygen generation system.

The Crew-1 is now scheduled to launch some time in November according to NASA's blog.

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. 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.

Stringent precautions, including tighter quarantine and mask-wearing before launch, have been taken due to the coronavirus pandemic but the astronauts and space officials rejected any concerns about a risk of infection on the ISS.

Kud-Sverchkov, Rubins, and Ryzhikov joined NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who are expected to depart using the docked Soyuz capsule and then return to Earth on October 21.

Ryzhikov, a 46-year-old previous military pilot, has gone through 173 days in space contrasted with Rubins' 115 while Kud-Sverchkov, 37, is flying unexpectedly.

The ISS, which has been permanently occupied since 2000, has been a rare example of cooperation between Moscow and Washington. NASA said that that spacecraft was also launched from Kazakhstan. The proposed new station "is too US-driven" Rogozin said.

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