Saturday, 15 December, 2018

3 astronauts set to launch to space station on Monday

Syndicate Post image Soyuz launch to ISS
Doris Mccormick | 07 December, 2018, 22:31

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopyev of Roscosmos will greet the trio when they arrive at the ISS.

It's the first time a crewed Soyuz rocket successfully made it to space following an aborted mission on October 11, where two space travelers were forced to perform an emergency landing after a deformed sensor caused issues.

Canadian Space Agency president Sylvain Laporte told the crew members there was "a lot of relief" when the astronauts entered the space station about two hours after docking.

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, U.S. astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques appeared briefly before relatives and reporters on Monday morning, waving and blowing kisses as they left a hotel to board a bus on their way to prepare for the flight.

McClain, Saint-Jacques and Kononenko will spend more than six months doing research and experiments in biology, Earth science, physical sciences and technology.

Afterward, investigators said they believed other Soyuz models may have been defective, but said additional checks had been introduced. I'm grateful to Director General Dmitry Rogozin and the entire @NASA and @roscosmos teams for their dedication to making this launch a success.

Monday's launch was in the spotlight after last month's botched launch to the ISS from Baikonur.

"We are psychologically and technically prepared for blastoff and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board", said Kononenko, the 54-year-old crew commander, according to Radio Free Europe. The three new crew of the orbiting outpost lifted off without a hitch on Monday, Dec. 3, from Kazakhstan.

ISS Astronauts
Astronauts Anne McClain Oleg Kononenko and David Saint Jacques

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

As Saint-Jacques became just the ninth Canadian to head into space, people across the country connected with the Canadian Space Agency to watch Saint-Jacques' historic flight.

Russia-US cooperation in space has remained one of the few areas not affected by a crisis in ties between the former Cold War enemies.

He recently joked Russian Federation would send a mission to the Moon to "verify" whether or not NASA lunar landings ever took place.

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

The ship successfully launched into orbit.

NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin ejected the capsule from the rocket when the spacecraft was about 50 kilometers - 31 miles - above Earth.

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