3-nation crew lands safely on ISS after Soyuz accident

3-nation crew lands safely on ISS after Soyuz accident

The mission, Soyuz MS-11, took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 3, with three astronauts on board: Anne McClain (NASA), David Saint-Jacques (Canadian Space Agency), and Oleg Konenenko (Roscosmos). 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 global space station.

Russian Federation said last month the launch failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.

The first failed mission raised concerns about Moscow's Soviet-designed spacecraft, however, Russia's Rocosmos space agency has confirmed that the previous aborted mission was caused by a faulty sensor.

After Monday's successful launch, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted his thanks to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Rogozin and to NASA and Roscosmos space teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".

Saint-Jacques, 48, described the Soyuz spacecraft as "incredibly safe". The Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is the only means of transporting astronauts to the ISS since NASA retired the space shuttle in 2011.

When the dock hatch was finally opened, McClain was the first out, receiving warm hugs, before a welcome ceremony for the new members of the Expedition 57 crew.

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Those plans were expected to change after the Soyuz MS-10 abort, as Al Mansouri would have returned on Soyuz MS-10, with Hague and Ovchinin, after a brief stay on the station had that mission flown as planned.

Saint-Jacques, 48, has spent years training for the six-month mission, which was originally scheduled for December 20 but was moved up after the aborted Soyuz launch.

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques boarded the International Space Station Monday afternoon, declaring himself "astounded" by the journey and excited for the discoveries ahead of him.

McClain served in Iraq and has represented the United States in women's rugby.

He'll be observing the effects of space on bone density, ocular pressure, and even the brain - all in the hopes of helping NASA figure out how to physically prepare astronauts for a potential mission to Mars.

In recent years Russia's debt-laden space industry has suffered a number of mishaps including the loss of cargo spacecraft and satellites.

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