Russian, US astronauts launch to International Space Station

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A trio of space travelers successfully launched to the International Space Station, for the first time using an accelerated maneuver to reach the orbiting outpost in just three hours. Kate Rubins of NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Russian space agency Roscosmos took off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Baikonur space launch facility rented by Russia in Kazakhstan for a six-month stay on the station. .

For the first time, they are attempting a two-orbit and three-hour approach to the orbiting outpost. Previously, crews took twice as long to reach the station. The trio will join NASA station commander Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who have been on board the complex since April and are due to return to Earth a week later.

Speaking at Tuesday’s pre-launch press conference in Baikonur, Rubins pointed out that the crew had spent weeks in quarantine at the Star City training center outside Moscow and then in Baikonur to avoid any threat of coronavirus. “We spent two weeks in Star City, then 17 days in Baikonur in a very strict quarantine,” Rubins said. “During all communication with the crew members, we wore masks. We did PCR tests twice and we also did rapid antigen tests three times. She said she looked forward to the science experiments planned for the mission. “We’re planning to try out some really interesting things like bioprinting tissue and growing cells in space and of course continuing our work on DNA sequencing,” Rubins said.

News Highlights:

  • The trio will join NASA station commander Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who have been on board the complex since April and are due to return to Earth a week later. Speaking at Tuesday’s pre-launch press conference in Baikonur, Rubins pointed out that the crew had spent weeks in quarantine at the Star City training center outside Moscow and then in Baikonur to avoid any threat of coronavirus.
  • Russian and American astronauts launch into the International Space Station
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