Russian spacecraft sends crew to the ISS on a record speed

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Rubins and the two Russian cosmonauts will dock the Soyuz to the station's Rassvet module at 4:52 a.m. Coverage of the docking will begin on NASA TV and the agency's website at 4 a.m.

NASA's Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station.

A three-man crew effectively arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday on board a Russian rocket after the quickest actually venture from Earth of a little more than three hours.

Roscosmos said "another record for trips to the International Space Station was set - the all out time from launch to docking of the Soyuz MS-17 was three hours and three minutes". Wednesday's crewed venture even beat the quickest an ideal opportunity for missions simply conveying supplies to the station.

NASA and Roscosmos have successfully collaborated for years, but "this partnership was the product of a different era in US-Russia relations", per NBC.

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ISS crew members walk to depart to the launchpad, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Roscosmos's Ryzhikov, who will take over command of the ISS, said the crew will also try and locate the source of a slow oxygen leak in the station's Russian section, adding that the small leak hasn't posed any immediate danger to the crew.

Before joining the USA space agency, NASA, Rubins worked as a microbiologist and was involved in research on viruses.

In May, after five years of development, Elon Musk's aeronautics company, SpaceX, and NASA, launched the first manned flight from U.S. soil in almost a decade.

Before May 30, when United States astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the ISS courtesy of cars to rockets tycoon Elon Musk, Russia and Baikonur had enjoyed a lucrative monopoly on crewed missions to the ISS. And Rubins is Flight Engineer 2, going into her second flight to space.

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