Roscosmos, which is the Russia’s space agency has effectively launched a manned Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time since October’s aborted mission.

The following people; NASA’s Anne McClain, Russia’s Oleg Kononenko, Canada’s David Saint-Jacques were aboard the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday as part of Expedition 58.

After launching at 11.31am GMT the three are set to dock at the International Space Station at exactly 5.36pm GMT.

These three persons aboard the rocket will be on the International Space Station for six and a half months before heading back to Earth.

The evening before the launch, crew commander Oleg Kononenko said the astronauts “absolutely” had trust in the flight preparations.

“Risk is part of our profession,” the 54-year-old said. “We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board.”

Anne McClain, the 39-year-old former military pilot and NASA astronaut, said the crew looked forward to going up. “We feel very ready for it,” she said.

 

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