American astronaut Frank Rubio is heading to the Worldwide House Station (ISS) on Wednesday in a speedy journey that may take simply three-and-a-half hours.
In his first journey to house, the California-born astronaut will blast off on a Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rubio will journey to orbit aboard the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft alongside Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin.
The experience to the house station will take somewhat longer than the present quickest journey from Earth to the ISS, which took simply three hours and three minutes in an October 2020 mission that additionally concerned a Soyuz spacecraft.
As a part of the Expedition 68 crew, Rubio, Prokopyev, and Petelin will spend the subsequent six months dwelling and dealing aboard the orbital outpost some 250 miles above Earth.
Talking with reporters final month, Rubio mentioned that regardless of worldwide tensions attributable to Russia’s battle with Ukraine, he hadn’t seen any points with NASA’s Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, including that he was additionally getting alongside effectively along with his two journey companions.
The NASA astronaut mentioned the mission “represents the continued effort of great groups on each side and superb folks that make this occur,” including, “I believe it’s vital that, once we’re at moments of potential pressure elsewhere, human spaceflight and exploration, one thing that each businesses are extremely keen about, stays a type of diplomacy and partnership the place we are able to discover frequent floor and preserve attaining nice issues collectively.”
How one can watch
NASA’s Frank Rubio will launch for the ISS at 9:54 a.m. ET (6:54 p.m. Baikonur time) on Wednesday, September 21.
You possibly can watch a livestream of the carry off and the early phases of the flight by way of the video participant embedded on the prime of this web page, or by visiting NASA’s web site, which is able to carry the identical feed. Protection will start at 9 a.m. ET.
NASA will share a livestream of the Soyuz spacecraft docking with the house station about three-and-a-half hours after launch. It’s also possible to watch this utilizing the identical video participant.