A three-person crew reached the International Space Station on Wednesday, October 14, the Russian space agency said, after a journey of just over 3 hours that was the fastest ever for a manned craft to the orbital lab.
Roscosmos confirmed the successful docking of the Soyuz spacecraft in a tweet. The journey “took a record short 3 hours and 3 minutes,” Russian news wire RIA Novosti added.
“Three hours and 3 minutes,” tweeted Roscosmos chief Dmitriy Rogozin in celebration of the journey that concluded with docking 4 minutes ahead of schedule.
Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and NASA’s Kathleen Rubins launched from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0545 GMT on Wednesday.
Journeys to the ISS usually take around 6 hours – a time that was a vast improvement on the two-day flights that prevailed prior to 2013.
Wednesday was the first time a manned journey was completed in such a short time, even beating the fastest time of missions carrying supplies to the station. – Rappler.com
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