From Baikonur started the spaceship "Soyuz" with the ISS

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 5, 2018

The launch of Soyuz MS-11 took place without incident today, delivering three new crew members to the International Space Station (ISS).

These crewmembers will be aboard the ISS during the first test flights of the NASA Commercial Crew Program that will see astronauts being able to get into space from the USA for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle fleet, assuming test flights go well.

NASA has confirmed that the three newest crewmembers for the ISS have arrived safely on the space station.

In addition to Kononenko, a veteran cosmonaut making his fourth trip to space, the Soyuz carried Anne McClain from the United States and David Saint-Jacques from Canada, both first-time space travelers.

"The Soyuz MS-11 manned spacecraft docked to the Russian Poisk module at 20:33 Moscow time", the spokesman said, adding that the crew will enter the ISS in a time span from 22:35 to 23:05 Moscow time when pressure in the spaceship and the station is equalized. That mission will launch to the ISS Feb. 28 and return in October.

Roscosmos also argued that sanctions and weak currency have caused the space agency's financial decline.

"We have confirmation of the spacecraft separation; Soyuz capsule and crew are safely in orbit", NASA said. Originally this was supposed to be another Russian Alexey Ovchinin.

Despite October's emergency landing, however, astronauts expressed continued confidence on the Soyuz.

"Risk is part of our profession", he stated. "We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board". Despite the successful launch, the Russian space agency continues to face problems. ISS was a joint project between NASA and "Roscosmos".

In recent years Russia's debt-laden space industry has suffered a number of mishaps including the loss of cargo spacecraft and satellites.

The launch on Monday was initially scheduled later this month, but it was moved up after October's failure to avoid leaving the ISS unmanned.

The arrival briefly restores the station's crew complement to six as they join Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The shield will be brought into the station and later returned to earth, Russian space officials said.

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