14 de octubre de 2020, 12:42Moscow, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) The Soyuz-2.1a rocket on Wednesday left from platform 31 at the Kazakh Baikonur cosmodrome to take the Russian manned Soyuz MC-17 spacecraft with three cosmonauts on board, local television reported.
NASA's Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station.
The oxygen generation system (OGS) has failed in the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), according to the crew's talks with the Earth, broadcast by NASA.More news: Source of details in Meghan Markle biography proves to be Meghan Markle
Roscosmos said "another record for trips to the International Space Station was set - the all out time from launch to docking of the Soyuz MS-17 was three hours and three minutes".
But their Dragon Endeavour craft only docked successfully with the ISS about nineteen hours after reaching orbit.
The launch is sandwiched between two SpaceX missions - the first crewed spaceflights to the ISS under NASA's aegis since 2011. Severe precautionary measures, including more tight quarantine and cover wearing before launch, have been taken due to the Covid pandemic however the astronauts and space authorities dismissed any worries about a danger of contamination on the ISS.More news: Canada, Britain strike new trade, beating Brexit, incorporating expiring EU pact
Wednesday was the first time a manned journey was completed in such a short time, even beating the fastest time of missions carrying supplies to the station.
"We're planning to try some really interesting things like bio-printing tissues and growing cells in space and continuing our work on sequencing DNA, " NASA astronaut, and microbiologist, Rubins told a pre-launch press conference Tuesday.
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Rogozin on Monday said he did not envisage Moscow participating "on a large scale" in a NASA-led Moon-orbiting station known as The Gateway.