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Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash

Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash”

It was only after the spacecraft safely entered orbit about nine minutes later, drawing the first applause from an audience watching a live NASA feed, that Thirsk admitted to some pre-launch jitters about the Canadian astronaut's mission.

The three new space travellers - Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacquesof the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos - are preparing to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft at 5.31 p.m. from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft made four orbits over six hours as it chased down the space station for the docking. Crate Club is the #1 men's subscription box containing some of the best tactical & survival gear in the nation.

The launch came less than two months after a booster failure forced a Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and United States astronaut Nick Hague to make an emergency landing.

"I think I was more anxious today than on a typical Soyuz launch because of the launch abort in October", Thirsk, the first Canadian to fly aboard a Soyuz capsule, said in an interview.

"Although we knew that you were safe and sound, there was nothing like seeing you come through the hatch", Laporte said. He said "it's just the beginning" of the discoveries ahead of him.

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.

By the end of his 6 1/2-month space mission, Saint-Jacques, 48, will have set a record for longest space trip for a Canadian - a record now held by Thirsk.

The crew heading to the ISS dismissed any possible concerns about their safety.

One of Canada's newest astronauts, Jenni Sidey-Gibbons, grinned broadly as the rocket carrying Saint-Jacques launched.

McClain, Saint-Jacques and Kononenko will spend more than six months doing research and experiments in biology, Earth science, physical sciences and technology.

"Space is changing so quickly and my hope is Canada's as much a participant as it has ever been in worldwide programs moving forward", she said.

Investigators blamed a faulty sensor which they said had been damaged during assembly at the Kazakh site.

On Monday, NASA announced Hague and Ovchinin will now launch to the space station on February 28, along with NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch.

The new arrivals to the ISS will join the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russia's Sergey Prokopyev, who have been in orbit since June but are due to fly back to Earth on December 20.



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