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

The Russian Soyuz MS-17 launched a crewed mission that included two Russian cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut to the ISS, in an ultrafast journey.

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The Soyuz MS-17 mission took off today, which saw three astronauts launched up to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month mission.

The launch of the Soyuz 1.2a rocket occurred at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 05:45:04 UTC (01:45:04 EDT) on October 14th. The trip was an ultrafast, two-orbit one, thus the trip to the ISS took only three hours.

There were two Russian cosmonauts, Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and one NASA astronaut, Kathleen 'Kate' Rubins on board, per NASA Spaceflight.

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This launch marked a milestone in terms of a crewed Soyuz mission, as it became the first to carry out an ultrafast, three-hour journey to the ISS. This trip took half the time of regular Low Earth Orbit trips to the ISS, and everything went according to plan.