The 162-foot long (49-m) Soyuz-2.1A rocket flew from pad number 31 at Baikunthpur at 10:45:04 local time on Wednesday. Liftoff happened at 0545: 04 GMT (1:45:04 AM EDT).
The Soyuz rocket’s kerosene-fueled engine gave more than 900,000 pounds of thrust to close the launch pad at Baijonur.
Less than 10 minutes later, the Soyuz upper platform deployed the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft into orbit, hitting a fast-track two-orbit orbit along the space station. The crew connected to the capsule space station with the Rassvet module at 4:48 am EDT (0848 GMT).
Commander Sergei Reznikov Soyuz rode to the center seat during the space station’s three-hour chase of the MS-17 spacecraft. Ryzhikov, 46, is a former MiG-29 fighter pilot in the Russian Air Force and a veteran of a previous flight to the space station in 2016 and 2017, when he logged 173 days in orbit.
Russian Cosmonaut Sergey Kud-Savarchkov relinquished the Soyuz seat and served as the primary flight engineer. Kud-Sarvatkov is a 37-year-old first-time astronaut, who joined the Russian Cosmonaut Corps in 2010 after working as a rocket engineer in Energia, the principal contractor for Russia’s manned spacecraft program.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins was on the right-hand seat inside the Soyuz crew capsule. Rubins, born in Connecticut and raised in California, launched her second mission to the space station after a 115-day mission in 2016, launching on her 42nd birthday. He earned a PhD in cancer biology, worked in public health, and did infectious studies prior to his selection as a NASA astronaut candidate in 2009.
These photos show the preparations for the last pre-launch of the Soyuz crew and the liftoff of the Mission N route to the space station.
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