Manned Soyuz rocket successfully launched into space

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 4, 2018

Space station veteran and mission commander Oleg Kononenko, 54, Quebec family doctor David Saint-Jacques, 48, and Anne McClain, 39, a USA army helicopter pilot who earned masters degrees from the University of Bath and Bristol in the United Kingdom, are scheduled to blast off at 2:30pm Moscow time from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history. Blastoff kicked off a 6-hour-, four-orbit-long journey to the space station for the trio of astronauts on board.

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.

The crew must wait up to two hours while the latches and seals of the docking port are checked and ground controllers confirm it is safe to open the spacecraft's hatch and join the astronauts already aboard the station.

Russian Federation successfully launched a crew of astronauts toward the International Space Station on Monday - nearly two months after their rocket dramatically broke apart mid-flight.

Anne McClain, the 39-year-old former military pilot and NASA astronaut, said the crew looked forward to going up.

A Soyuz-FG rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin failed two minutes into its flight on October 11, activating an automatic rescue system that sent their capsule into a steep ride back to Earth. They managed to emerge safely despite the harrowing ordeal.

A few minutes after the rocket lifted off the Russian space agency Roscomos announced that the capsule was "successfully launched into orbit".

It is the first manned space mission since the October drama, which ended in an emergency landing after a failure mid-flight. Russian investigators determined that one of the Soyuz rocket's side boosters didn't separate cleanly, due to a problem with a bent sensor.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted his thanks to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Rogozin and to NASA and Roscosmos teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".

Aboard the space station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst posted photos of the three current crew members tidying up "for the arrival of our friends", according to a post on Twitter.

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