Another astronaut is settling into the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, and she and her two Russian counterparts arrived in record time, and a bonus, its her birthday!
Kate Rubins of NASA, together with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos, lifted off on Russia’s Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:45 a.m. EST.
The trio is the first crew to use an “ultrafast” flight path that had them docking at the ISS at 4:52 am.
The three-hour flight is about half the usual time it takes to arrive at the ISS, because the Soyuz MS-17 met up with the orbiting laboratory in only two orbits rather than the usual four.
The new crew will be orbiting Earth for six months and are hoping to welcome the next batch of Astronauts who will make the trip from Central Florida sometime in November.
SpaceX has rescheduled its October 31st launch to further investigate the cause of a problem with the first stage of a booster rocket during a recent launch.
We will keep you posted as soon as a date is set.