3 astronauts safely aboard International Space Station


Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques showed no signs of worry as they boarded a bus to take them to the launch.

The hatch of the capsule carrying NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos was opened while the station was flying over the southern coast of Yemen. He denies using European weapons to repress opponents. Last month, two astronauts from the United States and Russia were forced to make an emergency landing just two minutes after take-off when their Russian-made Soyuz rocket malfunctioned.

A Russian, an American and a Canadian astronaut will take off for the worldwide space station on Monday in the first manned launch of a Soyuz rocket since a crash in October.

"Risk is part of our profession", crew commander Oleg Kononenko told a news conference at Baikonur, adding they "absolutely" trusted teams preparing them for the flight.

Russian Federation suspended all manned space launches pending an investigation before giving the green light November 1.

They escaped unharmed but the failed launch - the first such incident in Russia's post-Soviet history - raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme. "We are psychologically and technically prepared for blast-off and any situation which, may occur on board".

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The astronauts who were forced to make an emergency landing will attempt to launch again next spring.

It was particularly troubling considering the fact that the Soyuz is now the only spacecraft and rocket that can take humans to space these days, since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

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

As NPR's Bill Chappell reported in October, "The agency does have contracts with commercial companies like Boeing and SpaceX that are developing new vehicles to take astronauts up, but the first flights of those aren't scheduled until next year".

MOSCOW: The first manned Soyuz flight since a failed launch in October successfully docked at the International Space Station on Monday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said. The trio will return to Earth in October 2019.

The new arrivals to the ISS will join the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russia's Sergey Prokopyev, who have been in orbit since June but are due to fly back to Earth on December 20.