Practically 9 minutes after a profitable launch at 3:42 a.m. EDT of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian area company Roscosmos safely reached orbit. They’ve begun a two-orbit, three-hour flight to attain the Worldwide Space Station and be part of the Expedition 64 crew. On the time of launch, the station was flying about 259 miles over northern Uzbekistan, 335 miles behind the Soyuz because it left the launch pad.
That is the second spaceflight for Vande Hei, the third for Novitskiy, and the primary for Dubrov. They may dock the Soyuz to the station’s Rassvet module at 7:07 a.m. Protection of the docking will start on NASA TV and the company’s , and the at 6:15 a.m.
Three Expedition 65 crewmates reached area after launching at 3:42 a.m. EDT aboard the Soyuz MS-18 rocket. They may dock to the station in the present day at 7:07 a.m. Credit score: NASA
About two hours after docking, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and they’ll be part of NASA Flight Engineer Kate Rubins, who arrived on the station with Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos in October 2020, and the crew of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience – NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, in addition to Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi – who’ve been in orbit since November.