The incredible view of a rocket launch ... from space

Mindy Sparks
December 5, 2018

The Soyuz carrying Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos launched at 6.31 a.m. on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

A Soyuz-FG rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin failed two minutes into its flight on October 11, activating an automatic rescue system that sent their capsule into a steep ride back to Earth.

This arrival briefly restores the ISS' crew complement to six as they join Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The families of the crew, other astronauts and space officials from several nations breathed a sigh of relief after observing the flawless launch, with October's Soyuz rocket failure still on the minds of many. Cosmonaut Kononenko said on Sunday, Dec. 2, during a press conference, that he "absolutely" trusts the flight plan. "We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, God forbid, may occur on board".

"Risk is part of our profession", he stated. In June 2013, McClain was selected as a member of the 21 NASA astronaut class, completing her astronaut candidate training in 2015.

The accident highlighted the "smart design of the Soyuz and the incredible work that the search and rescue people here on the ground are ready to do every launch", he said.

Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques showed no signs of worry as they boarded a bus to take them to the launch. The manned Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft ended up landing safely in the Kazakh steppe.

They successfully docked at the ISS on schedule at 5.36pm GMT to begin an expected six and a half months aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said via Twitter.

During the mission McClain and crew, will conduct a muscle loss experiment and embark on a spacewalk to probe a hole that caused the ISS to experience a loss of air pressure in August.

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

But comments by the combative chief of the Russian space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, have raised eyebrows.

Next year, however, Russian Federation will see intense worldwide competition.

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