Soyuz first flew to the ISS via shortcut
Transport spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-08M" flew to the International Space Station is 8 times faster than normal. Due to the so-called "short" circuit flight around the earth ship made 4 turns instead of 30.
On board of the spacecraft travelled a crew to the International Space Station. By the way this is 35/36th expedition to the station. The expedition will last 168 days.
Astronauts will perform 42 scientific experiments and go into open space.
Also during their mission they are planning to unload the 4 Russian trucks "Progress" and European spacecraft ATV-4.
|A crew of transport spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-08M"|