One astronaut and two cosmonauts blasted off in a Soyuz rocket early Wednesday morning from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The journey marks the first time a Soyuz crew has taken the fast-track, two-orbit rendezvous path to the space station.
Almost nine minutes after a successful launch at 1:45 a.m. EDT of the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos safely reached orbit.
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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.
Roscosmos has had the job of ferrying United States astronauts to the ISS since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. The record was set during an unmanned resupply mission in August 2019.
In November, NASA and SpaceX will launch the first operational mission to the ISS on the "Crew Dragon" capsule.
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She said she was looking forward to scientific experiments planned for the mission. Severe precautionary measures, including more tight quarantine and cover wearing before launch, have been taken due to the Covid pandemic however the astronauts and space authorities dismissed any worries about a danger of contamination 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.
This is actually the second spaceflight for Ryzhikov, Rubins, and Kud-Sverchkov and also will make them the 241st people to visit this unique microgravity laboratory. Just before the launch, Ryzhikov communicated misery over progressing battling in Nagorno-Karabakh and said he trusted the case of the ISS could help "spread love, kinship and comradeship".
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