Photos released by Russia’s space agency show the launch of a Soyuz booster on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut on their way to the International Space Station.
The 162 meter high (49 meter) Soyuz 2.1a rocket started from pad no. 31 at Baikonur at 10:45:04 local Wednesday. Repeal took place at 0545: 04 GMT (1:45:04 am EDT).
The Soyuz rocket’s petroleum-powered engines generated more than 900,000 pounds of shocks to propel the mission away from the launch pad at Baikonur.
Less than 10 minutes later, Soyuz’s top-phase Soyuz MS-17 put the spacecraft into orbit and started a high-speed, two-lane rendezvous with the space station. The crew capsule is connected to the Rassvet module at the space station at 4:48 EDT (0848 GMT).
Commander Sergey Ryzhikov rode in the center seat during the Soyuz MS-1
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Kud-Sverchkov rode in Soyuz’s left seat and served as the primary aeronautical engineer. Kud-Sverchkov is a 37-year-old first-time pilot who joined the Russian cosmonaut corps in 2010 after working as a rocket engineer at Energia, the main contractor for Russia’s human space program.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins sat in the right seat inside the Soyuz crew capsule. Rubins, born in Connecticut and raised in California, started on her 42nd birthday to start her second expedition to the space station after a 115-day mission in 2016. She received a Ph.D. in cancer biology, worked in public health and studied infectious diseases before being selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in 2009.
These photos show the Soyuz crew’s final pre-launch preparations and cancellation of the mission en route to the space station.
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