A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts flew to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz MS-18 rocket – and docked at the space station about three and a half hours later.
NASA’s Mark Vande Hei, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskly, and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov set out to dock at the station, which orbits 254 miles above the earth.
The trio, which is part of the newest crew going to the orbit laboratory, took off from Earth at 08:42 a.m. CET from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked at the ISS at 12:05 p.m. CET.
They orbited the earth twice before successfully docking with the station with the Rassvet module, a nearly 20-foot long “mini research module” launched in 2010.
Just four minutes and 40 seconds after takeoff, impressive views from the Soyuz showed the spaceship on its way into orbit on its way to the ISS.
Live coverage of the docking process on NASA television began at 11:15 a.m.CET – and the docking was confirmed by NASA as shortly after noon.
Live coverage of the docking process (pictured) on NASA television began at 11:15 a.m. CET – and the docking was confirmed by NASA as completed shortly after noon BST at 12:05 p.m.
Recordings from take-off today at 8:42 am. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is making his second trip to the ISS, which orbits 254 miles above Earth
NASA’s Mark Vande Hei, Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskly and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrow from Roscosmos set out to dock at the station
Expedition 65 crew members Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov from Roscosmos, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy from Roscosmos, center, and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei
Soyuz launch comes three days before the 60th anniversary of the launch of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who became the first human to go into space.
It’s also three days before the 40th anniversary of NASA’s first space shuttle launch, which takes place on April 13th.
The trio join the Expedition 64 crew, including NASA flight engineer Kate Rubins, who arrived at the station with Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Roscosmos flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov in October 2020.
You will also join the crew of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience – NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Take off! Mark Vande Hei from NASA and the cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov took off their Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. You join the Expedition 64 crew aboard the ISS
NASA tweeted footage of the three men waving goodbye as they boarded the Soyuz MS-18 rocket prior to takeoff for the ISS
The Soyuz launch pad at Site 31 in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, April 8. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, Roscosmos cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Novitskiy are scheduled to launch on board the Soyuz spacecraft MS-18 for the International Space Station on April 9
Expedition 65 Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy (left), NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei (center) and Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov (right) say goodbye before boarding the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft on April 9 in Kazakhstan
They circled the earth twice before setting out to dock with the Rassvet module at the station (see picture). It is mainly used for cargo storage and some payload operations
About two hours after docking, the hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open and the 10 crew members will greet each other.
Vande Hei, Novitskiy and Dubrov will be part of Expeditions 64 and 65. The departure of Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov on Friday April 16 marks the beginning of the new expedition.
The new launch follows a complicated docking maneuver on the ISS on April 5th, during which the spacecraft SpaceX Crewe Dragon moved from one docking port to the other.
The International Space Station (ISS, photo) is a science and technology laboratory valued at 100 billion US dollars (80 billion pounds) orbiting 400 km above the earth
From left, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei from Expedition 65, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov wave goodbye to a hotel in the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei (left), Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov (right) are seen behind glass in quarantine at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, during a press conference on Thursday, April 8, 2021
This should not make way for the Soyuz, which is docking with a Russian module, but for the next Crew Dragon later this month as well as a cargo kite ship that is due to arrive at the station in June.
The SpaceX Crew 2 mission is slated to launch on April 22nd on the Crew Dragon Endeavor with Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur from NASA, Thomas Pesquet from ESA and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
A week later, on April 28, the Crew-1 mission ends when Hopkins, Walker, Victor Glover, and Soichi Noguchi splash around near Florida.
The returning crew Dragon Resilience is being renovated for the ‘Inspiration4 Mission’, which will bring four private individuals to the ISS in mid-September at the earliest.
EXPLAINED: The US $ 100 billion international space station is 250 miles above the earth
The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) worth of science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 km above the Earth.
It has been permanently manned by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.
Research conducted aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions found in low-earth orbit, such as: B. low gravity or oxygen.
ISS studies have examined human science, space medicine, life sciences, physics, astronomy, and meteorology.
The U.S. space agency NASA spends approximately $ 3 billion (£ 2.4 billion) annually on the space station program, funding approved by the Trump administration and Congress.
A US House of Representatives committee overseeing NASA has begun looking into whether the program should be extended beyond 2024.
Alternatively, the money could be used to expedite planned initiatives in human space to the Moon and Mars.