ISS’ newest crewmembers arrive at the space station

Soyuz took off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just after 11.31am GMT More

Soyuz took off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just after 11.31am GMT More

The crew, which also includes David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos, will man the ISS for six-and-a-half months.

It is reported by Roscosmos on Monday, December 3, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

The agency said that NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin have been assigned to the crew of Soyuz MS-12, the next crewed mission to the ISS, joining NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch.

Russian investigators blamed that malfunction, which occurred as the first and second stages of a booster rocket separated, on a damaged sensor.

Canadian Space Agency president Sylvain Laporte told the crew members there was "a lot of relief" when the astronauts entered the space station about two hours after docking.

It was the first manned launch 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 an emergency landing.

The three-person crew's mission was originally set for later this month, but officials moved up the date to avoid leaving the space station unstaffed, when the current ISS crew of cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev and astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor, KG5TMT, and Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, return to Earth on December 20.

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But most importantly, this is the crew that will handle the first flight tests for NASA's Commercial Crew program.

There are now six people calling the International Space Station home, with the arrival of three fresh faces on Tuesday.

About two minutes into the fight, the boosters separated as planned, passing the point where the rocket had failed during the launch October 11.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Nick Hague, KG5TMV, who was on the aborted October 11 Soyuz launch, is getting ready for another try. Since the October mishap, four successful unmanned Soyuz satellite launches have been conducted to clear the path for the crew's launch on Monday. They managed to emerge safely despite a harrowing descent back to Earth.

The examination has to be conducted in space, as the portion of the Soyuz ship with the hole is created to separate and burn during re-entry, meaning it can not be examined on the ground.

After leaving Earth early yesterday morning, Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques has made his first communication from space.

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