Soyuz rocket launch 14 March 2019

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The rocket launched at 01:14 on Friday native time

Two astronauts who survived a failed Soyuz launch final 12 months at the moment are on their option to the Worldwide House Station.

Nasa’s Nick Hague and his Russian colleague Alexey Ovchinin have been on the rocket when it malfunctioned in mid-air on 11 October.

The 2 males at the moment are flying with US astronaut Christina Koch after a profitable lift-off from the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz MS-12 launched at 01:14 on Friday native time (19:14 GMT Thursday).

That is Mr Hague and Mr Ovchinin’s first flight for the reason that aborted launch final October.

That point, the rocket was pressured to make an emergency touchdown two minutes after take-off as a result of a sensor had been broken whereas it was being constructed.

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Nick Hague (prime), Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin waved as they boarded the Soyuz MS-12

Dwell footage confirmed the lads being shaken violently by the vibrating rocket because it broke down whereas flying. Then, the rocket’s emergency escape system was triggered and the crew capsule indifferent from the remainder of the spacecraft.

It landed tons of of kilometres north-east of the Baikanour launch web site, sparking a significant rescue mission. Each males have been unhurt.

Mr Ovchinin, 47, advised reporters earlier than the most recent launch that the rocket was now in good condition, though a small fault had been found throughout its ultimate checks on Tuesday. In consequence, some parts had wanted to get replaced.

“There are not any issues,” he advised reporters.

Mr Hague, 43, added that he was “100% assured within the rocket and the spaceship”.

One other Soyuz rocket efficiently launched and docked on the ISS in December, the primary crewed launch for the reason that failed mission.