NASA astronaut gets second shot at ISS stint after failed launch

Russia launches first manned voyage to ISS since rocket accident

Crew from aborted Soyuz mission to get second chance at ISS mission

Astronauts manned spacecraft "Soyuz MS-11" successfully passed the Board of the global space station after leak checks of the docking and equalization of pressure between the ship and the station.

MOSCOW: The first manned Soyuz flight since a failed launch in October successfully docked at the International Space Station on Monday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said.

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

The hatch of the capsule carrying NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos was opened while the station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen. The two-man Soyuz MS-10 crew, NASA's Nick Hague and Roscosmos's Aleksey Ovchinin, did not make it to ISS that day, but they will get a second chance in February on Soyuz MS-12.

The spacecraft docked at the space station following four orbits around the Earth.

There are now six people calling the International Space Station home, with the arrival of three fresh faces on Tuesday.


Soyuz rocket after launching
Soyuz rocket after launching

They escaped unharmed but the failed launch - the first such incident in Russia's post-Soviet history - raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme. She had been training with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and Hazza Al Mansouri, who was in line to be the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates to fly in space.

The three crew members will spend more than six months conducting hundreds of science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development, providing the foundation for continuing human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars.

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

In October, booster failure forced a Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague to make an emergency landing. That means they will be coordinating the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on January 7 and that of the Boeing Starliner in March.

They are set to launch at 1131 GMT Monday aboard a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan for a six-and-a-half month mission. The failure was later attributed to a sensor that was damaged during the rocket's final assembly.

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