Crew from aborted Soyuz mission to get second chance at ISS mission

Crew from aborted Soyuz mission to get second chance at ISS mission

Russian Federation successfully launched a crew of astronauts toward the International Space Station on Monday - nearly two months after their rocket dramatically broke apart mid-flight.

The Soyuz MS-11 carried Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and NASA's Anne McClain from Earth to dock with the ISS later on Monday.

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

Click on the video above at 6 a.m. ET to watch live coverage of Saint-Jacques's launch.

Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev, who is now onboard the space station, are also scheduled for a spacewalk to examine the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from the outside.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos were greeted upon arrival Monday by the station's current crew members, who had waited outside the capsule's hatch.

NASA and Roscosmos said all onboard systems were operating normally and the crew was feeling fine.

The crew will join American Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Germany's Alexander Gerst and Russia's Sergey Prokopyev, all of whom are already living on the orbital station. It is the first mission since an aborted launch in October.

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It was the first manned voyage for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and United States astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing.

"OSIRIS-REx will return the sample to Earth in September 2023". They managed to emerge safely from a harrowing ordeal.

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

"We have confirmation of the spacecraft separation; Soyuz capsule and crew safely in orbit", NASA TV said online in its blow-by-blow commentary of the take-off.

Russian space officials have taken measures to prevent the repeat of such incidents.

Since the mishap, four successful unmanned Soyuz satellite launches have been conducted.

Canada's governor general and former astronaut Julie Payette is expected to be among the dignitaries to watch Monday's launch.

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

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