-How significant is the ability of Russia to get to the space station in an extremely speedy fashion in relation to intercontinental or any missile development?
-Related to the weaponizing of space?
-The colonization of space?
-Traveling, further, farther and faster
-Or, is there no connection at all to any of the aforementioned ?
Looking for some input on this subject and the news stories below. Thanks!
Three astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station today, on a journey that will take less time than a flight from Halifax to Vancouver.
Instead of the usual two-day journey to the space station, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov and American astronaut Chris Cassidy are expected to get to their destination less than six hours after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:43 p.m. ET Thursday, NASA reports.
The trio will be the first humans to take this new, faster trajectory to the space station. The rendezvous techniques needed to make it work have been successfully tested with three unmanned Russian Progress cargo spacecraft.
The flight was successful:
It was same day, freaky-fast delivery for the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft bringing the crew of Expedition 35/36 to the International Space Station. The expedited flight had the crew arriving even quicker than expected, in just 5 hours and 45 minutes after launch.
Liftoff of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft took place at 4:43 p.m. EDT (20:43 UTC) on March 28 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and Russian commander Pavel Vinogradov, cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy docked with the ISS’s Poisk module at 10:28 p.m. EDT on Thursday (March 28; 0228 GMT Friday).
Soyuz crew arrive at space station after six-hour express flight NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin pictured with their Expedition 35 crewmates on the ISS today.
Soyuz crew arrive at space station after under six-hour express flight
The Soyuz spacecraft has successfully docked with the international Space Station after its six-hour spaceflight – the fastest ever manned flight to the orbiting laboratory. The three-man crew will now spend the next five months aboard the space station.
The Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8.43pm (GMT) yesterday and docked with the ISS after a journey that lasted under six hours.
Yes, the Russians were able to make this feat happen. Not the US.
Yes or No?
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