HOUSTON, Texas – The latest International Space Station, ISS, crew made its way into space in record time, according to NASA.
From launch pad to docking with the ISS, the flight of the Soyuz spacecraft took only six hours. Chris Cassidy of NASA, who is commanding the latest mission, along with Pavel Vinogradoc and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Face Space Agency, (Roscosmos), blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:43 p.m., CDT, Thursday, March 28.
Instead of taking the standard two days to rendezvous and dock with the station,the crew was the first to make the trip in just six hours. They needed only four orbits of Earth to reach the orbiting laboratory. This flight used rendezvous techniques perfected recently with three unpiloted Russian Progress resupply vehicles.
By 9:32 p.m., CDT, Thursday, the Soyuz docked with the station’s Pois module. Cassidy and the others joined Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Tom Marshburn of NASA and Roman Romanenko of Roscosmos, who were already in residence at the ISS.
Expedition 35 will continue to expand the scope of research aboard the station, seeking knowledge that strengthens our economy, improves life on Earth and advances future exploration beyond Earth orbit. During the next six months, the crew will perform more than 180 investigations covering human research, biological and physical sciences, technology development, Earth observation and education.