Photos released by the Russian Space Agency show that on Wednesday, the Baikonur space shuttle in Kazakhstan launched a Soyuz booster, and two Russian astronauts and one NASA astronaut headed to the International Space Station.
On Wednesday, at 10:45:04 a.m. local time, the 162-foot (49-meter) Soyuz-2.1a rocket took off from Pad 31 in Baikonur. The takeoff took place at 0545:04 GMT (1:45:04 AM Eastern Time).
The kerosene engine of the Soyuz rocket produced more than 900,000 pounds of thrust to push the mission away from the Baikonur launch pad.
Less than 10 minutes later, the Soyuz executives deployed the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft to orbit, and started fast orbit together with the space station, and the two orbits rendezvous and dock. At 4:48 AM Eastern Time (0848 GMT), the crew capsule is connected to the Rassvet module on the space station.
During the three-hour tracking of the space station by the Soyuz MS-1
Russian astronaut Sergey Kud-Sverchkov took the left seat of the Soyuz as the chief flight engineer. Kud-Sverchkov is a 37-year-old first-time spaceflight. After working as a rocket engineer at Energia, the general contractor of the Russian Human Space Program, he joined the Russian Astronaut Force in 2010.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins (Kate Rubins) sits in the right seat in the Soyuz crew cabin. Rubins was born in Connecticut, grew up in California, and launched on her 42nd birthday. After a 115-day mission in 2016, she embarked on her second expedition to the space station. She received a doctorate in cancer biology, major in public health, and infectious disease. She suffered from multiple diseases before being selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in 2009.
These photos show the final pre-launch preparations of the Soyuz crew and the mission to the space station.
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