Soyuz spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Soyuz spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

Saint-Jacques has spent years training for the six-month mission, which was originally scheduled for December 20 but was moved up after the aborted Soyuz launch.

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.

A Soyuz MS-11, carrying one astronaut each from the USA and Canada and a cosmonaut from Russian Federation, has been successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday and has safely reached orbit, the United States space agency NASA said in a statement.

It was the first manned launch for the Soviet-era Soyuz since 11 October, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing.

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

Cosmonaut Kononenko said on Sunday, Dec. 2, during a press conference, that he "absolutely" trusts the flight plan. Blastoff kicked off a 6-hour-, four-orbit-long journey to the space station for the trio of astronauts on board.

At the time of the launch, the ISS was flying about 250 miles over central Kazakhstan southwest of the capital of Astana, 405 miles ahead of the Soyuz as it leaves the launch pad.

Reports say a Russian Orthodox priest blessed their rocket before its flight on Monday, as per tradition.

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome Kazakhstan on Monday
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-11 space ship blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome Kazakhstan on Monday

RFE also quoted McClain, 39, saying: "We feel very ready for it".

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, 48, agreed that the Soyuz spacecraft was "incredibly safe".

It was the first manned mission since a failed launch in October. The ISS went a crew of three. Plus, it's the first time a Canadian astronaut (Saint-Jacques) is headed to space since Chris Hadfield, who lead the International Space Station five years ago and was known for his publicity success.

She has said that training to spacewalk resembled the sport since it demands "grit, toughness, mental focus, and more".

The crew was reporting that all was going well in the critical initial minutes after liftoff and were safely in orbit.

The incident on 11 October cast a spotlight on the safety of Russia's space programme, whose fleet have suffered a number of technical failures in recent years.

Next year, however, Russian Federation will see intense global competition.

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