The crew of "Soyuz MS-11" went to the ISS

Nick Hague

Nick Hague

From the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan launched the Russian carrier rocket Soyuz-FG with the manned space ship Soyuz MS-11, which is the crew for the worldwide space station.

That was the first crewed Soyuz failure in decades. That triggered the Soyuz spacecraft's launch abort system, sending the spacecraft away from the damaged rocket.

Roscosmos "Concerned" Over NASA Commercial Crew Program The Russian space agency dispelled doubts about its space program after it had successfully launched astronauts from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the orbiting outpost on Monday, Dec. 3.

The coupling took place at 17:36 GMT to start a 6-and-a-half-month mission in orbit around the Earth, the Russian space agency Roskosmos announced on Twitter. Crew commander Kononenko said his crew recognized the risks of spaceflight as part of their profession and expressed confidence in the flight preparation.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, herself a former astronaut, was also among those watching the launch in Kazakhstan. In the October malfunction on the Soyuz, the first ever in Russia's post-Soviet history, it was found that a sensor had failed. McClain, Saint-Jacques and Konenenko docked to the space station's Poisk module at 12:33 p.m. after a four-orbit, six-hour journey, and opened the hatch between the two spacecraft at 2:37 p.m. The accident highlighted the "smart design of the Soyuz and the incredible work that the search and rescue people here on the ground are ready to do every launch", he said. They will also participate in a study on tiny worms to examine the loss of musculature that affects astronauts in space. This study aims to allow a better understanding of the atrophy that muscles suffer from aging. In a call with his family and others at the Russian launch site, Saint-Jacques revealed his first impressions of outer space so far.

Russian space officials took measures to prevent the repeat of such a rocket failure. The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the United States retired the space shuttle in 2011.

The construction of the new Vostoshny cosmodrome was marked by numerous cases of corruption and the Russian court of accounts accused Roskosmos at the end of November for the disappearance of several hundred billion rubles "stolen".

"We have liftoff", a NASA television commentator said as the rocket roared into the sky under 930 pounds of thrust and at a speed of 1,770 kilometres per hour.

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