Re: US-Russian Crew Launching to Space Station in Record Time

From: Chris Jones (
Date: Thu Mar 07 2013 - 18:36:05 UTC

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    On Thu 07 Mar 2013 12:35:48 PM EST Bill Bard <> wrote:
    > The sentence itself doesn't say that which can cause confusion.
    "The next crew to launch toward the International Space Station will make the
    trip faster than any astronauts before them, thanks to a new docking plan
    being tested this month."  I interpret "the trip" to mean the trip of a crew
    launched toward the ISS, and the statement is true.
    > I believe Gemini 8 is the first to do it in 1966 in 6.5 hours. I had
    > trouble finding any record of the USSR or Russians doing it previously
    > quicker than 1 day. Do you have any specifics?
    Since it says "launched toward" rather than "to", one could reasonably say
    it's talking about rendezvous rather than rendezvous and docking.  If so,
    then Gemini 6's rendezvous with Gemini 7 predates Gemini 8's rendezvous and
    docking with its Agena target by about 3 months.
    If you mean a manned docking in less than one day, I can't find a Soviet
    example.  The two automatic dockings of unmanned Soyuz spacecraft (flying
    under Kosmos names, Kosmos 186 & 188, and numbers 212 and 213) both took
    place on the first orbit of the second (target) spacecraft.  The manned Soyuz
    3 rendezvoused with the unmanned Soyuz 2 on Soyuz 3's first orbit, but failed
    to dock.  All of the other docking flights (with crews) have taken one or two
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