Soyuz arrives at ISS on first manned mission since October failure

James Marshall
December 6, 2018

"We have confirmation of the spacecraft separation; Soyuz capsule and crew safely in orbit", NASA TV said online in its blow-by-blow commentary of the take-off.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain will join Russia's Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space Agency aboard a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft set to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:31 a.m. PT.

Following a six-hour journey making four orbits of Earth, the crew will dock the Soyuz to the station's Poisk module to begin their mission on the orbital laboratory. Crate Club is the #1 men's subscription box containing some of the best tactical & survival gear in the nation.

Last month, Roscosmos tweeted a video of the October 11 failed Soyuz rocket launch that forced NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin into making a harrowing emergency landing.

The pair escaped unharmed, but the failed launch was the first such accident in Russia's post-Soviet history and a new setback for the country's once proud space industry.

The International Space Station is about to receive some company: a Russian Soyuz rocket and new crew successfully traveled to space on Monday. She later said she was caught off guard by her own reaction watching her colleague fulfil a lifelong dream. He said "it's just the beginning" of the discoveries ahead of him.

Russian Federation has successfully launched a manned Soyuz rocket into space, two months after a previous launch failed, the country's space agency said on Monday. They will spend in space for 194 days.

And Mr Saint-Jacques joked that he had received so much flight training "that I felt at the end that I could build a Soyuz in my backyard". The ISS went a crew of three.

"That was particularly important for me when I was growing up and I certainly wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Canada's early space program and, kind of, the heroes that pushed that forward", she said.

Russian investigators blamed the malfunction on a damaged sensor.

They will head to the ISS after a Soyuz rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague failed on Oct 11 just minutes after blast-off. Aboard the station, Saint-Jacques will be conducting a number of science experiments, including research on the provision of remote medical care and on the effects of microgravity on the body.

The new arrivals to the ISS will join the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russia's Sergey Prokopyev, who have been in orbit since June but are due to fly back to Earth on December 20.

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