Crewed Soyuz MS-17 launches and docks with International Space Station in just over three hours

by | Oct 14, 2020 | International Space Station, Launches, NASA, Russia, Seradata News, Soyuz, space station

In a record-breaking flight, the Soyuz MS-17 crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was launched by a Soyuz 2.1a from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan, at 0545 GMT on 14 October. On board were NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov as the Expedition 64 crew. The Soyuz MS-17 made a fast rendezvous, beginning its approach to the ISS in under three hours. It finally docked with the Rassvet module at 0848 GMT. With only three hours three minutes taken. this broke the record for the fastest time between launch and ISS docking.

Soyuz MS-17 begins its approach after its very fast rendezvous with the ISS. Courtesy: NASA TV

 

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