3-nation crew lands safely on ISS after Soyuz accident

Olive Hawkins
December 5, 2018

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, astronaut of the Canadian space Agency, David Saint-Jacques and his wife Anne McClain - moved on the worldwide space station (ISS), RIA Novosti reported.

The Soyuz carrying Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos launched at 6:31 a.m. EST (5:31 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

It is reported by Roscosmos on Monday, December 3, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

Hague and Ovchinin were forced to abort an October 11 mission to the ISS because of an anomaly with the Soyuz spacecraft's booster.

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).

The first failed mission raised concerns about Moscow's Soviet-designed spacecraft, however, Russia's Rocosmos space agency has confirmed that the previous aborted mission was caused by a faulty sensor.

Soyuz rocket after launching
Soyuz rocket after launching

As Soyuz rockets are now the only means for astronauts to reach the International Space Station, Monday's launch was closely watched. Auñón-Chancellor, Gerst, and Prokopyev will return to Earth on December 20 at 12:03 am ET (undocking is December 19 at 8:42 pm ET).

The new mission will see the three latest crew members on the station for six months conducting hundreds of science investigations. On board the spacecraft were Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin (the commander of the Soyuz MS-10) and NASA astronaut Nick Hague. Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine meanwhile thanked the United States and Russian teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".

This is the first launch of a manned spacecraft after the abortive blastoff of the Soyuz carrier rocket on October 11.

The latest trip comes less than two months after a previous mission on October 11 failed, when two astronauts from the U.S. and Russian Federation were forced to make an emergency landing, as a result of a problem with the booster.

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.

They are set to launch at 1131 GMT Monday aboard a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan for a six-and-a-half month mission.

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