six-hour flight to the outpost of humanity: For the second time brought a Soyuz capsule in record time astronauts to the International Space Station. Recently, the trip took two days.div
After nearly six hour flight, three astronauts have reached the International Space Station. A Russian Soyuz capsule with the Italian Luca Parmitano, the Russians Fyodor Yurchikin and the US-American Karen Nyberg on board docked with the ISS early Wednesday morning. The reported NASA TV.
The spacemen were a few hours earlier launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was the second “Express flight” of a manned Soyuz – until recently the journey lasted almost two days. In about 410 kilometers above the astronauts to perform several experiments. Their return to Earth is planned for November.
For Parmitano of the European Space Agency ESA, it is the first stay in space. His fellow travelers are already experienced Nyberg flew to the ISS for the second time, for Yurchikin it is already the fourth time
With their arrival, the six-member ISS again reached the desired thickness. There, the Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Missurkin and U.S. astronaut Chris Cassidy are in use.the record with the Soyuz flights will
possible by a so-called “Short Scheme”. This development of the Russians is possible because of the digital computer board now operates independently of the Flugleitzentrum in Korolev near Moscow. A constant radio contact with the ground station is no longer necessary. The quick flight had been tested with three different unmanned space freighters since August 2012.
Now after the second flight of this species, the Russian space agency Roskosmos intends to examine all biological factors of the crew and then decide whether the quick flight to the standard is.
Except Russia can currently get no state man into space and back again – and certainly not at this speed. But Roscosmos will continue to the stars: Finally, with the assistance of Russian technology and remote destinations like the moon – which has never stood a cosmonaut – and come within reach of Mars
To make it to there, Russia is now working closely with the European Space Agency ESA. The common-billion ExoMars project is to study the Red Planet for signs of things present or former life.