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The journey marks the first time a Soyuz crew has taken the fast-track, two-orbit rendezvous path to the space station.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket for the fastest ever trip to the International Space Station on Wednesday, her 42nd birthday, which also marked what NBC News calls "the end of an era".
Capture of the Soyuz capsule was confirmed at 4:48 a.m. EDT. Essentially, once he begins to float, the crew will know they've reached space.
© Provided by Associated Press In this handout photo released by Roscosmos, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), speaks during a news conference at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.
When the Soyuz hatch opened at 7:07 a.m. EDT, Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov joined NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Ivan Vagner, Anatoly Ivanishin onboard the space station.
The mission of the Soyuz space craft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut was of vast importance to Russia's space agency Roscosmos, coming as the SpaceX programme relaunches crewed spaceflight from the United States and ignites fresh talk of a space race between the two countries.
For a sense of that speed, consider that Demo-2, the last crewed launch to the ISS, docked with the station a full day following its liftoff from Florida in May.
ISS crew members walk to depart to the launchpad, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
The new arrivals will spend six months on the space lab.
Aboard the station, they were welcomed by the station's NASA commander, Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who have been aboard the complex since April and are scheduled to return to Earth in a week.
This is the second spaceflight for Rubins and Ryzhikov and the first for Kud-Sverchkov.