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Anne McClain of NASA (left), Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (middle) and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Area Company (proper) will launch to the Worldwide Area Station aboard a Russian Soyuz craft Monday.


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Astronauts from the US, Russia and Canada will launch to the Worldwide Area Station (ISS) early Monday for the primary time since a scary aborted launch of a Russian Soyuz sure for the ISS lower than two months in the past.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain will be part of Russia’s Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Area Company aboard a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft set to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:31 a.m. PT.

In October, a two-man crew made up of NASA’s Nick Hague and Russian Cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin noticed their voyage to orbit reduce brief when the primary stage of the rocket did not separate correctly, triggering an emergency evacuation process. The 2 astronauts wound up floating again to the bottom within the Soyuz as an alternative of constructing it to house.


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Final month Roscosmos, Russia’s house company, stated it had taken measures to forestall the issue from taking place once more and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine stated he was assured the following ISS crew would fly in a Soyuz in December.

Now right here we’re and every thing appears to be a go to attempt once more. The Soyuz carrying the following three ISS crew members will launch only a day earlier than SpaceX plans to ship a Dragon spacecraft crammed with cargo to the Worldwide Area Station from Florida’s Kennedy Area Middle on Tuesday.

The Soyuz is ready to dock with the Worldwide Area Station about six hours after Monday’s launch, the place the trio can be welcomed aboard when the hatches between the 2 craft open lower than two hours later. They’re going to be greeted by present occupants Alexander Gerst of the European Area Company, NASA’s Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos’ Sergey Prokopyev, who’re scheduled to then trip the Soyuz again to Earth on Dec. 20.

NASA TV can be broadcasting the Soyuz launch dwell from Kazakhstan Monday and you’ll watch (together with your fingers crossed) through the embedded feed beneath:

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