A Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft lifts off

The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft lifts off on Monday.


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American, Canadian and Russian astronauts launched to the Worldwide Area Station in a Soyuz rocket Monday morning, weeks after the identical mannequin failed shortly after take-off.

NASA’s Anne McClain, the Canadian Area Company’s David Saint-Jacques and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko reached orbit minutes after the sleek launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:31 a.m. PT.

They’re resulting from arrive on the ISS six hours after launch, and so they’ll board the station lower than two hours after that. 

There, they’re going to meet the European Area Company’s Alexander Gerst, NASA’s Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos’ Sergey Prokopyev, the present crew of the ISS who’ll use the Soyuz to return to Earth on Dec. 20.

Gerst, who tweeted in anticipation of the brand new trio’s arrival early Monday, might see the launch from the ISS as a result of the area station was in orbit immediately over Kazakhstan on the time.

The earlier launch — involving NASA’s Nick Hague and Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin — needed to be aborted after the primary stage of the rocket didn’t separate as deliberate. The pair was pressured to evacuate, and had a secure however bumpy experience again to Earth.

Monday’s launch shall be adopted by a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying cargo — together with festive meals for the vacations — to the ISS from Kennedy Area Middle in Florida on Tuesday.


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