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Crewed Soyuz MS-17 Launch To ISS Only Took 3 Hours

New crew reaches space station in record time Russian-U.S. crew launches on fast track to the space station
Kristine Garrett | 28 December, 2020, 16:36

NASA said it did so to "ensure the agency keeps its commitment for safe operations via a continuous USA presence aboard the International Space Station until commercial crew capabilities are routinely available".

The flight was for three hours to the International Space Station, where they are to remain through the first months of 2021.

"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.

Roscosmos confirmed the successful docking of the Soyuz spacecraft in a tweet.

The Crew Dragon mission was pushed back from October 31 into November, and no new date has been set yet.

No Russian cosmonauts have been assigned to any commercial missions to date.

"It really will depend on having the US crew vehicles launching at some cadance", he said.

"The International Space Station is probably now the safest place to be, " Ryshikov said recently, referring to the pandemic on Earth. The two sides regularly praised each other and spoke highly of their relationship, but the partnership was the product of a different era in US-Russian relations.

"Cooperation between the United States and [Russia] This is because changes in that part of the world have made it possible, "said Susan Eisenhower, author of Partners in Space: US-Russian Cooperation after the Cold War".

In May, after five years of development, Elon Musk's aeronautics company, SpaceX, and NASA, launched the first manned flight from U.S. soil in almost a decade. Indeed, NASA's reliance on Roscosmos came under scrutiny in 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

There were efforts made by government officials on both sides at this time to politicize the relationship and use it to somehow punish the other. Then-Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin responded to resulting USA sanctions by threatening to block NASA's access to ISS.

Mission 64, led by Ryzhikov, will complement three people until the launch of SpaceX's Crew-1 mission with four astronauts.

The remarks encouraged a sense of urgency in USA efforts to launch new spacecraft capable of delivering U.S. astronauts to the ISS. During briefings held late last month, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said the launch represents "a critical milestone in the development of our ability to launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil - now sustainably". Rogozin on Monday said he didn't conceive Moscow taking an interest "for a huge scope" in a NASA-drove Moon-orbiting station known as The Gateway.

"Given the current political situation and the trend in US-Russia relations, I don't think there is any future for bilateral space relations", said Pavel Luzin, a Russian space policy analyst.

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