Russian-US trio of astronauts launches to the ISS

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A trio of space travelers successfully launched onto the International Space Station, using for the first time an accelerated maneuver to reach the orbiting outpost in just three hours. NASA’s Kate Rubins and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Russian space agency Roscosmos took off as scheduled at 10:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m. EDT, 5:45 a.m. GMT) Wednesday from the rented Baikonur space launch facility by Russia to 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.

News Highlights:

  • A trio of space travelers successfully launched onto the International Space Station, using for the first time an accelerated maneuver to reach the orbiting outpost in just three hours. (1:45 a.m. EDT, 5:45 GMT) Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur Space Launch Facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stay at the station. For the first time, they are attempting a two-orbit and three-hour approach to the orbiting outpost.
  • Russian-American trio of astronauts launch into the ISS
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