It has been almost two months since the malfunction of a rocket, which had forced NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency to end the launch of a Soyuz mission. Now, a new crew has gone off on Monday for the International Space Station and arrived quite safely. A cosmonaut from Russia, Oleg Kononenko, American astronaut Anne McClain and a Canadian astronaut named David Saint-Jacques launched the mission in a successful manner at 6:31 am ET from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. Just a short time after that, it had gone into the orbit. The Soyuz then successfully came back to the space station after a few hours. The hatches lying between the two vessels managed to open up shortly after 2:30 pm ET.
It is expected that the mission will last for 194 days. This means that the three individuals will remain on board all through till July 2019. The crew will join American Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Alexander Gerst of Germany and Sergey Prokopyev from Russia. All these people are already staying on the orbital station. The 54-year-old crew commander from Russia, Oleg Kononenko said that they are psychologically as well as on the technical front, well prepared for the blast and any other situation, which might take place on board. Just a month back, Roscosmos had tweeted a video of the failed launch of Soyuz rocket on 11th October, which forced NASA astronaut Nick Hague and also Alexey Ovchinin, the cosmonaut from Russia towards making an emergency landing in a harrowed manner.
The Space Agency of Russia, Roscosmos, later on, said that the accident took place because of a defect in the sensor. It was back in the year 2011 when NASA had got rid of the space shuttle. Since that time, the Soyuz rockets of Russia have turned out to be the only way for getting people over to the International Space Station. Media reported in the month of October that the agency has their contracts with commercial organizations like SpaceX and Boeing, which are developing new vehicles to get astronauts up but the first set of flights are not scheduled till 2019. The ISS crew, which currently exists, is supposed to get their ride back home in Soyuz capsule that lies at the station.
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