Thursday 17 October 2019

US-Russian crew blasts off to International Space Station

They are set to dock at the space station in about six hours.

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-12 space ship blasts off (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-12 space ship blasts off (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A Russian-American crew of three has blasted off to the International Space Station, making a second attempt to reach the outpost after October’s aborted launch.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying Nasa astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along with Roscosmos’s Alexey Ovchinin, lifted off as planned from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12.14 am Friday (1914 GMT Thursday).

They are set to dock at the space station in about six hours.

On October 11 a Soyuz that Hague and Ovchinin were travelling in failed two minutes into its flight, activating a rescue system that allowed their capsule to land safely.

That accident was the first aborted crew launch for the Russian space programme since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts safely jettisoned after a launch pad explosion.

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