Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Russian-US Crew Launches on Fast Track to the Space Station

Russian-US Crew Launches on Fast Track to the Space Station

According to an article by NASA, the Expedition 64 crew will actually conduct research especially in tech development, biology, Earth science, human research, and even more.

The trio joined Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who have been aboard the complex since April. The six crew members will serve together for seven days before Cassidy, Evaneshin and Wagner return to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-16, leaving Robins, Regikov and Cod-Sverhkov to begin Expedition 64.

The new arrivals will spend six months on the space lab.

Capture of the Soyuz capsule was confirmed at 4:48 a.m. EDT.

In November, Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are expected to greet NASA's SpaceX first operational Crew Dragon mission, which is bringing NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon vehicle.

"We plan to try some really interesting things like bioprinting tissues and cells growing in space, and of course, continue our work on DNA sequencing", said Robins, who in 2016 became the first astronaut to sequence DNA in space.

The American Orbital Segment of the ISS has its own oxygen production facility. Coincidentally, it's also Rubins' birthday.

The previous leak was discovered by ground control when Then the US crew moved to the Russian part of the station, the modules were sealed, and their atmospheric pressure was examined. It follows a successful Demo-2 mission earlier this year.

"Moreover, a new record was set in spaceflights to the ISS - the Soyuz MS-17 total flight time from liftoff to docking amounted three hours and three minutes", Roscosmos said in a news release.

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