Once the crew successfully docks with the ISS, they will relieve the station's NASA commander, Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who will return to Earth next week. Indeed, NASA's reliance on Roscosmos came under scrutiny in 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
NASA's Kate Rubins, and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, will attempt a fast-track maneuver to reach the ISS in three hours. The record was set during an unmanned resupply mission in August 2019. The new astronaut team will stay 177 days on the ISS, during which the Russian side will carry out 55 experiments, four of them completely new, and three will go out twice into open space, in November and next February. Roscosmos has had the occupation of shipping U.S. astronauts to the ISS since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. The Crew-1 is now scheduled to launch some time in November according to NASA's blog. And Rubins is Flight Engineer 2, going into her second flight to space.More news: Queen's Gambit is most watched limited Netflix series as 62m watch
ISS crew members walk to depart to the launchpad, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
But the men and women who fly to the space station play down talk of competition and focus instead on space travel's ability to bring rival nations together for a common cause. 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: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury
This is cosmonaut Kud-Sverchkov's first flight into space and he is Flight Engineer 1. NASA said that that spacecraft was also launched from Kazakhstan.
The ISS, which has been permanently occupied since 2000, has been a rare example of cooperation between Moscow and Washington.More news: Covid Vaccination Will Be Required For International Travel, Says Qantas CEO
The proposed new station "is too US-centric" Rogozin said. The two astronauts on board were not hurt.