Report: Crew to reach space station six hours after launch

New flight plan previously tested during unmanned missions

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KAZAKHSTAN - The crew for the next mission to the International Space Station will make the trip in record time -- about six hours.

NASA's Chris Cassidy will join two Russian cosmonauts during the launch on March 28th in Kazakhstan.

Normally, it takes two days for a crew to dock at the ISS. However, according to, Cassidy's crew will use a new docking plan to the cut the travel time by nearly 90 percent.

The new flight plan has previously been tested during unmanned missions, according to the report.

Officials told it is time to speed up travel because current spacecraft are more automated and crews need less help from ground control.

The next launch is scheduled for March 28th at 4:43 p.m. EST.

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