3-nation crew lands safely on ISS after Soyuz accident

05 December, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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This arrival briefly restores the ISS' crew complement to six as they join Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. In particular, the crew will work with cargo spacecraft "Progress MS", loading and undocking of commercial manned spacecraft SpaceX DM1 in the cargo version, the work with the cargo ship Boe-OFT, download and vastikova manned spacecraft "Soyuz MS-09" for the return to earth of the ISS-56/57 (Prokopiev, Aurion, Hurst), and onboard photographic and video imagery of flight.

It is reported by Roscosmos on Monday, December 3, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent. The Soyuz rocket which took off from the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques on board.

The Soyuz MS-11 docked to the ISS in the automatic mode at 22:38 Moscow time after a six-hour orbital flight.

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

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

That was the first crewed Soyuz failure in decades. The astronauts were the first sent to be sent to the space station since a crewed Soyuz launch was aborted in October after a booster rocket failed to separate properly, crippling the rocket.

Russia launches first manned voyage to ISS since rocket accident
Canadian David Saint-Jacques reaches the International Space Station

In October, booster failure forced a Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague to make an emergency landing.

The Russian space agency has said the hole was deliberately drilled in an act of sabotage, although it is unclear whether this happened before launch or in orbit.

According to Russian chief investigator Igor Skorobogatov, the cause of the failed launch in October was a "deformation of the stem of the contact separation sensor", which in turn led to the first stage of the rocket hitting the second one.

The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the United States retired the space shuttle in 2011. 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".

Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques showed no signs of worry as they boarded a bus to take them to the launch.


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