New crew launching to space station on Thursday

New crew launching to space station on Thursday

While the astronauts work aboard the station, three resupply spacecraft-a Russian Progress, Northrop Grumman Cygnus, and SpaceX Dragon-are scheduled to arrive with science to support those investigations as well as additional supplies for the crew.

NASA reports that the Soyuz MS-12/58S spacecraft launched Hague, Ovchinin, and Christina Koch of NASA at 3:14 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Hague, Koch and Ovchinin docked to the space station's Rassvet module at 9:01 p.m.

Hague, Koch and Ovchinin joined NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Expedition 59 commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, as well as David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.

For more than 18 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space, including the Moon and Mars.

McClain, Saint-Jacques, and Kononenko are scheduled to return to Earth in June, while Ovchinin, Hague, and Koch aren't set to leave the station until early this fall. "And because we do train that way, like in October when things like that happened, we were ready to do what we need to do to come out successfully".

Now, more than five months after the harrowing event, the duo are safe on the space station. Emergency and rescue systems were activated in time, and the crew was not hurt.

"I'm 100 percent confident in the rocket and the spaceship", he said.The October abort was caused by a sensor damaged during the rocket's assembly. The next crew launch to the space station in December went on without a hitch. The escape capsule landed 400km from Baikonur, in the Kazakh steppe.

The failed launch was "a little disappointing" after preparations for the flight that lasted a year-and-a-half but also "an interesting and needed experience" that tested the depth of the space programme's preparedness, the 47-year-old said.

NASA and Roscosmos praised the crew's valor and composure in the aborted launch and promised to quickly give them a second chance into space.

SpaceX's successful test launch to the ISS of its Dragon vehicle has challenged an eight-year monopoly on travel to the space station enjoyed by Russian Federation ever since NASA stopped launches of the Space Shuttle. The mission used the short flight scheme rather than the traditional two-day one, and the spacecraft made four orbits in six hours to chase the ISS.

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