BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan – A Russian-American crew of three has blasted off to the Worldwide Area Station, making a second try to succeed in the outpost after October’s aborted launch.
A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch together with Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as deliberate from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:14 a.m. Friday (1914 GMT Thursday). They’re set to dock on the house station in about six hours.
On Oct. 11, a Soyuz that Hague and Ovchinin have been using in failed two minutes into its flight, activating a rescue system that allowed their capsule to land safely. That accident was the primary aborted crew launch for the Russian house program since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts safely jettisoned after a launch pad explosion.