3-person Soyuz mission reaches International Space Station in record time
- The mission launched from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
- Journeys to the ISS took two days prior to 2013
- The duration was cut short to six hours after the introduction of a new Soyuz route
A record journey of just over three hours, the fastest ever for a manned craft, to the International Space Station was completed on Wednesday as a crew of three cosmonauts docked at the orbital lab, the Russian space agency confirmed.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti said the journey “took a record short three hours and three minutes,” reported AFP.
Roscosmos chief Dmitriy Rogozin tweeted, “Three hours and three minutes,” lauding the journey that was completed four minutes ahead of schedule.
The mission launched from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 05:45 GMT on Wednesday.
Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and NASA’s Kathleen Rubins were three crew members aboard the craft.
Until 2013, the journey to the ISS took two days to complete, which was cut short to six hours after a new Soyuz route was introduced in March that year.
Wednesday’s mission was the first time a manned journey was completed in such a short duration, even besting the time set by supply missions to the station.