A three-person crew reached the International Space Station on Wednesday, the Russian space agency said, after a journey of just over three hours that was the fastest ever for a manned craft to the orbital lab.
"The 20th anniversary of the continued human presence in space is going to be an unbelievable event and I think we all look forward to being there during that time", Robbins said.
The new astronauts came aboard from the Soyuz spacecraft and the known orbiting laboratory at officially 7:07AM EDT.
According to an article by NASA, the Expedition 64 crew will actually conduct research especially in tech development, biology, Earth science, human research, and even more.
On board the space station since April, waiting for Robins, Rezikov and Cod-Svereshkov, there is Mission 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Roscosmos aeronautical engineers Anatoly Evannishin and Ivan Wagner.
In November, Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are expected to greet NASA's SpaceX first operational Crew Dragon mission, which is bringing NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon vehicle.
NASA's Kate Rubins (left), and cosmonauts Ryzhikov (center) and Kud-Sverchkov (right). The Pirs Unit was first added to the space station in 2001. Kod-Svershkov, a 37-year-old flight engineer, is on his first mission.
The mission is the last scheduled Russian flight carrying a USA crew member, marking an end to a long-held dependency as the US revives its own crew launch capability in an effort to drive down the cost of sending astronauts to space.
Roscosmos said "a new record for flights to the International Space Station was set - the total time from launch to docking of the Soyuz MS-17 was three hours and three minutes".