At around 07:45 this morning, 14 October, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with its destination set for the ISS.
The spacecraft was tasked with delivering cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, along with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins to the ISS via the two-orbit rendezvous path, a set of orbital manoeuvres during which two spacecraft, one of which is often a space station, arrive at the same orbit and approach to a very close distance. Thanks to the rendezvous path, the journey only took approximately three hours to complete and also represents the first time a Soyuz crew has taken this route to get to the ISS, according to NASA.
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The new crew members docked to the station’s Rassvet module at 10:52 AM this morning. After waiting for around 2 hours in the capsule while various checks were being performed, they then joined Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who will complete their station mission and land on Earth on 21 October 2020 via the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft that brought them to the station on April 9.
Take a look at NASA’s livestream of the event below: