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This is really interesting. Expedition 36 to the the Soyuz space capsule has today reduced the time it takes to reach the International Space Station by 87%; from 2 days to just 6 hours (including 2 hours decompression time for the astronauts), quicker than from London to New York! Vertically, it’s only the equivalent of about 60 mph but horizontally, that’s more than 25,000 mph for the four orbits round earth that it takes to catch up with the ISS, which orbits at 17,240 mph.

If you’re a space nut like me, that’s progress. Check out the following details.

Learn all about Russia's workhorse Soyuz space capsule in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

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