Three astronauts – Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques and Oleg Kononenko lifted off from Earth surface in Soyuz spaceship on Monday, and after being eight hours late from the scheduled time, the crew of three successfully boarded the International Space Station (ISS).
Attempting a launch for the first time after a failed to launch in October, the Russian space rocket Soyuz – is the only space vehicle able to carry crew into space was intrinsically tested before its journey to ISS. On Monday, the Soyuz MS-11 was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Monday (December 3, 2018) at around 11.31 GMT. The Soyuz capsule carried a crew of three astronauts – Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos – who were destined to board the International Space Station.
After a successful lift-off from Earth, the Soyuz flew opened while flying over the South coast of Yemen and then entered the destined orbit within just nine minutes of the launch. The successful launch was an achievement for Roscosmos, especially after the first launch of Soyuz in October was unsuccessful after the booster rocket failed to separate from the spacecraft properly. Soyuz had to cover up four orbits before being able to board the ISS, which took over six hours and reached the ISS few hours later than predicted arrival time.
After reaching the ISS, the astronauts had to wait for two hours in the capsule to get the confirmation that their ship was accurately docked to the space station. After getting the confirmation, all the astronauts successfully boarded the space station, after being greeted by the three astronauts who were already on the space station. According to NASA and Roscosmos, all the on-board system operated normally and the astronauts had not any trouble during the six-hour trip to the space station. All three astronauts who boarded from Soyuz spacecraft will return to Earth by December 20th after conducting the researches.