March 29 - Russian-American crew takes short cut to space station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Two Russian cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut took a short cut to the International Space Station on Thursday (March 28), arriving at the orbital outpost less than six hours after their Soyuz capsule blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The express route, used for the first time to fly a crew to the station, shaved about 45 hours off the usual ride, allowing NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel
Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin to get a jumpstart on their planned 5.5-month mission.
The crew's Soyuz capsule parked itself at the station's Poisk module at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT Friday), just five hours and 45 minutes after launch.
All previous station crews, whether flying aboard NASA's now-retired space shuttles or on Russian Soyuz capsules, took at least two days to reach the station, a 100 billion USD research laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 kilometres) above Earth.
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