Sunday, 20 January, 2019


Soyuz docks with space station

Soyuz-FG carrier missile with the manned Soyuz TMA-19M at the Baikonur cosmodrome Soyuz MS-11 Blasts Off to ISS From Baikonur Cosmodrome Sputnik Maksim Blinov
Kristine Garrett | 07 December, 2018, 22:29

"I am completely astounded by everything I have seen", Saint-Jacques said during a brief conversation with family members on the ground at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan.

Astronauts Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian Sergei Prokopyev and German Alexander Gerst are at the space station waiting for their arrival.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted his thanks to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Rogozin and to NASA and Roscosmos teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".

The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.

Expedition 58 Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), top, Flight Engineer Anne McClain of NASA, center, and Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, bottom, wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft for launch in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on December 3, 2018.

The spacecraft has now docked at the space station following four orbits around the earth, NASA says.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos docked with the station at 11:33 p.m. (1723 GMT; 12:33 p.m. EST) Monday.

The crew members will also receive the SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft set to launch on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and deliver more than 5,800 pounds of critical research and supplies.

Russian Federation said last month the October launch had failed because of a sensor damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome, but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.

Crew commander Mr Kononenko said: "Risk is part of our profession". The three new crew of the orbiting outpost lifted off without a hitch on Monday, Dec. 3, from Kazakhstan.

The trio will be flying in the same kind of Soyuz launch craft and FG rocket booster that crashed at Baikonur in October, almost costing the lives of Russian commander Alexei Ovchinin and Nasa astronaut Nick Hague.

The experiment could pave the way to new treatments for muscular conditions for people on Earth, according to the UK Space Agency.

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

McClain, 39, served in Iraq and has represented the United States in women's rugby.

NASA spokesperson Gary Johnson described the mission as "textbook launch and insertion into orbit" during the liftoff commentary.

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