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Manned Soyuz Spacecraft 'Successfully Docks' At ISS

By RFE/RL December 03, 2018

The first manned Soyuz flight since an aborted launch in October has "successfully docked" at the International Space Station (ISS), Russian space agency Roskosmos says.

The Russian Soyuz rocket on December 3 lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying a Canadian and U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut.

"The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft with a crew onboard successfully docked with the Research Module Poisk of the International Space Station," Roskosmos said in a statement posted to Twitter about six hours after the launch.

Earlier, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine posted a message on Twitter thanking Roskosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin for launching the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft "safely in orbit."

Bridenstine's post said he was "grateful" to Rogozin and to the entire teams from NASA and Roskosmos "for their dedication to making this launch a success."

The Soyuz rocket carried Roskosmos's Oleg Kononenko, NASA's Anne McClain, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.

It was the first manned Soyuz rocket to blast off since an aborted October 11 launch when a Soyuz rocket meant to carry Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague to the ISS failed two minutes into its flight.

Neither man was injured in the incident, which was blamed on a faulty sensor damaged during the rocket's assembly.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/soyuz-blasts- off-on-first-manned-mission-since-october -failure/29634809.html

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