Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-17, which has done the quickest-ever crew trip, has become the first manned spacecraft to fly toward the International Space Station (ISS) via the ultra-fast two-orbit flight plan and reach the destination in three hours.

Iran Press/Europe: The carrier rocket with the crewed spacecraft blasted off from Site 31 of the Baikonur spaceport towards the International Space Station (ISS) at 08:45 a.m. Moscow time on October 14. 

It will be brought back to Earth on April 9, 2021.

During the space mission, led by crew commander Sergei Ryzhikov, the crew is to make two spacewalks: one for systems maintenance and readying a new airlock for future spacewalks, and the other, to make preparations for docking with the multifunctional laboratory module Nauka.

The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 64 crew of NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov blasted off to the ISS from Baikonur on October 14.


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