Astronauts Successfully Blast Off to International Space Station

04 Décembre, 2018, 16:56 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Astronauts Successfully Blast Off to International Space Station

Barley two months after a Soyuz made an emergency landing, the Russian spacecraft has safely brought one astronaut each from the USA and Canada and a cosmonaut from Russia, to the International Space Station (ISS).

It lifted off from Kazakhstan carrying Oleg Kononenko, a Russian, Anne McClain, of the United States, and David Saint-Jacques, of Canada.

There, they'll meet the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos' Sergey Prokopyev, the current crew of the ISS who'll use the Soyuz to return to Earth on December 20.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain (from left), Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency successfully blasted into space on Monday morning.

The hatch was opened at 1:37 a.m. (1940 GMT; 2:40 p.m. EST) while the station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen.

Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev, who is now onboard the space station, are also scheduled for a spacewalk to examine the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from the outside.

It is the first attempt to send astronauts to space after a mission in October that saw two crew members only narrowly escape after being forced to make an emergency landing just minutes after take-off.

They successfully docked at the ISS on schedule at 1736 GMT to begin an expected six and a half months aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said via Twitter.

Astronauts Successfully Blast Off to International Space Station

Russian Federation suspended all manned space launches pending an investigation before giving the green light November 1. They managed to emerge safely despite the harrowing ordeal.

Russian space officials took measures to prevent the repeat of such a rocket failure.

Russian Federation said last month the October launch had failed because of a sensor damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome, but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.

He said Ovchinin and Hague would be on board, along with NASA's Christina Koch.

The accident in October was the first aborted crew launch for the Russian space program since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts safely jettisoned after a launch pad explosion.

Russian space officials took measures to prevent the repeat of such a rocket failure. Since the October mishap, four successful unmanned Soyuz satellite launches have been conducted to clear the path for the crew's launch on Monday.

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is now the only organisation transporting astronauts to the ISS after Nasa ended its space shuttle flights in 2011.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft will launch on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will carry over 5,800 pounds of critical research and supplies for the incoming crew.

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