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New crew reaches ISS in record time

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A three-person crew successfully reached the International Space Station on Wednesday aboard a Russian rocket after the fastest ever journey from Earth of just over three hours.

The mission of the Soyuz space craft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut was of immense importance to Russia's space agency Roscosmos, coming as the SpaceX programme relaunches manned spaceflight from the United States and ignites fresh talk of a space race between the two countries.

Roscosmos said "a new record for flights to the International Space Station was set—the total time from launch to docking of the Soyuz MS-17 was three hours and three minutes."

Journeys to the ISS usually take around six hours—a time that was a vast improvement on the two-day flights that prevailed prior to 2013.

Wednesday's manned journey even beat the fastest time for missions just carrying supplies to the station.

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-crew-iss.html

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South Alabam

That's pretty awesome when you think of launching into space, climbing to the same exact altitude (408 km) above the earth, same exact path, then slowly intercept it for a coupling.

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Jon the frog

Nice record for the ever upgraded old Russian horse !

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