Some anxious moments as Canadian David Saint-Jacques successfully blasts off

Russia launches first manned voyage to ISS since rocket accident

The launch of Soyuz MS-11 took place without incident today, delivering three new crew members to the International Space Station (ISS). This was the first manned voyage of the Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the two astronauts to make a harrowing emergency landing. Astronauts Anne McClain of the United States, David Saint-Jacques from Canada, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko arrived safely at the ISS on board a Soyuz. In addition, Kononenko and Prokopiev 11 December will be released into outer space to explore the ship "Soyuz MS-09" where you previously found the hole.

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

European astronaut Alexander Gerst managed to photograph the launch of three new crewmembers to the International Space Station from his post aboard the orbiting laboratory. After the crew checked for leaks, the hatch was opened and they were welcomed aboard the ISS, their home for the next six months.

The three newest members will then officially begin Expedition 58, which will see them stay on the ISS conducting hundreds of science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the U.S. retired the space shuttle in 2011.

The three current inhabitants - Alexander Gerst of Germany, Serena Auñón-Chancellor of the United States and Sergey Prokopyev of Russian Federation - plan to return December 20 aboard a Soyuz module that has been docked to the station since June. After Monday's successful launch, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted his thanks to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Rogozin and to NASA and Roscosmos space teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".

NASA astronaut Nick Hague prepares ahead of his October 2018 launch to the ISS.

The Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle that can ferry crews to the space station, but Russian Federation stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's Starliner crew capsules.

The Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft blasted off from the first launch site of the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 14:31 Moscow time on Monday.



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