NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is on a Russian Soyuz to the international space station. The trip is NASA’s last purchase of Soyuz seats from Russia, as the agency’s commercial crew program has matured. NASA’s next launch plan is from early November to mid November. At the beginning of this year, SpaceX’s manned Longfei ship carried two astronauts to the international space station, and NASA’s commercial crew program finally produced practical results. This is a very important thing for NASA, and it is also the first time that NASA has launched a manned mission from the United States in nearly a decade. < / P > < p > NASA wants to be able to launch crew missions at any time, which it simply can’t do by buying Russian Soyuz seats. So, NASA astronaut Kate Rubins just went to the orbital laboratory in a Russian spacecraft. It certainly looks strange, but it has been planned for a long time. < / P > < p > NASA originally hoped that its commercial crew partners and their spacecraft would be ready earlier. When SpaceX and Boeing were obviously behind schedule, they rushed to ensure the seats on the Russian spacecraft to ensure the continued existence of the United States on the space station. < / P > < p > Rubins’ plan to take Russia’s Soyuz to the international space station is actually the last of these scheduled rides. NASA has paid a lot of money to Russia’s Roscosmos space agency to send astronauts into space, which is one of the important reasons why NASA has poured a lot of cash into SpaceX and Boeing to produce ready-to-use spacecraft. < / P > < p > SpaceX is the first company to fulfill its promise. Despite major delays and setbacks, the performance of the manned dragon spacecraft has achieved the expected results, and it will soon carry out its first official mission and carry astronauts. Boeing’s attempt to send a non manned mission to the international space station by starliner was derailed by a glitch. < / P > < p > now, the company will have to complete the non manned mission re try, and finally launch a manned test flight to the international space station before NASA certifies the spacecraft and starts using it regularly. As a result, NASA will now have to rely on the manned dragon spacecraft to “self-sufficiency” to transport astronauts, especially after this last Soyuz mission. < / P > < p > the next U.S. launch to the space station was originally scheduled for October 31, but it had to be postponed after SpaceX detected some strange data in the latest Falcon 9 launch. The company and NASA now expect the launch to take place from early November to mid November, but the exact date has not been announced. The iPhone 12 keynote has been recorded in Apple park