New Crew Launches on Two-Day Trip to Station

The Soyuz MS-02 Rocket Launches
The Soyuz MS-02 rocket launches on time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA TV

The Soyuz MS-02 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 19 (2:05 p.m. Baikonur time). At the time of launch, the space station was flying 252 statute miles over the south Atlantic, east of Brazil. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are now safely in orbit.

Over the next two days, the trio will orbit the Earth 34 times before docking to the space station’s Poisk module at 5:59 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 5:15 a.m.

To learn more about the International Space Station, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/station. For launch coverage and more information about the mission, visit: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/. Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram at: http://instagram.com/iss and on Twitter @Space_Station.


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4 thoughts on “New Crew Launches on Two-Day Trip to Station”

  1. Do we know why it is taking 2 days to arrive at the ISS? Previous launches from Russia have been known to arrive in 6 to 8 hours. I know we delayed the arrival of Cygnus to give the Soyuz parking space, but why delay for the arrival of today’s launch?

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