Astronauts reach the Space Station in 3 hours!
Keeping Mumbai’s traffic in mind, there are chances that you may reach the International Space Station earlier than reaching Pune. Literally. Two astronauts travelled to the ISS in three hours, an unprecedented feat!
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov lifted off as scheduled on October 14 from the Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station.
For the first time, they did a two-orbit approach and docked with the space station in a record three hours and three minutes after lifting-off on a Soyuz rocket. It normally takes about six hours for a Soyuz spacecraft to chase down the International Space Station, and the Soyuz must complete about four orbits around the Earth. But this time, the Soyuz MS-17 made it in only two orbits, making it the first crewed Soyuz spacecraft to do what is known as the “fast-track rendezvous method”. And reached the ISS in three hours, three minutes.
Soyuz MS-16 was the 62nd Soyuz to launch for the International Space Station. It traveled 133.5 million km spanning 3,136 orbits of Earth.