Russian Soyuz MS-17 launched


Three astronauts from Russia and the United States took the Russian Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft, launched from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS). It arrived in just 3 hours and 3 minutes and successfully docked, setting a new record.

The Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) conducted a live broadcast of the launch event via the Internet.

The team that will carry out scientific research activities in space is expected to arrive at the International Space Station in 6 hours.

In October 2018, the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft carrying Russian astronaut Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Haig had an emergency landing due to a malfunction shortly after launch.

Russian astronaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques are currently on the International Space Station Perform tasks.

The International Space Station, jointly operated by NASA, the Russian Space Agency, ESA, CSA, and the Japan Space Research Institute, engages in research and basic scientific experiment activities in space.

According to reports, the three astronauts are Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov from the Russian Space Agency, and Kathleen Rubins from NASA.

Russian Soyuz MS-17 launched

On the same day, the Russian Space Agency confirmed on social media that the “Soyuz” spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station. The journey “only took 3 hours and 3 minutes, setting a new record.” The docking time is 4 minutes earlier than the scheduled time.

Agence France-Presse stated that the journey is a manned space flight. That can be docked with the International Space Station in just over three hours.  Saving half of the time compared to the usual journey.

According to reports, the launch mission coincides with the two missions of SpaceX. After 9 years in 2011, NASA sent Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken two astronauts to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at the end of May 2020. The two returned safely to Earth on August 2.

Space Exploration Technologies also plans to send astronauts into the space station again in November. Moreover, perform a complete half-year mission.

Soyuz spacecraft

Furthermore, the Soyuz spacecraft is a manned spacecraft. It was developed by the First Special Design Bureau (that is, the Korolev Design Bureau. Now part of the Korolev Energy Rocket and Space Group). In addition, its main launch site is the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Soyuz MS-17

Soyuz MS-17 is the 141st flight of the Russian Aerospace Soyuz. Moreover, the mission plans to send three astronauts from Expedition 59 to the International Space Station.

At 19:14 UTC on March 14, 2019, the spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Moreover, at 01:01 on March 15th, it docked with the experimental module of the International Space Station Chenxi.

In addition, the spacecraft separated from the International Space Station at 10:37 on October 3, 2019, Moscow time. The return cabin successfully landed on the grasslands in Kazakhstan at 14:00 Moscow time.


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