Baikonur (Kazakhstan) (AFP) – The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October,…
Baikonur (Kazakhstan) (AFP) – The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscow’s Soviet-designed spacecraft, will be launched on Monday.
They will start at 1131 GMT Monday on board Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan for a half-and-a-half-month mission.
The launch comes after a Soyuz rocket with Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Haag failed on October 11 just a few minutes after blast-off and forced the couple to make an emergency landing.
They escaped unscathed, but the unsuccessful launch was the first such event in Russia’s post-Soviet history and a new setback for the country’s once-proud space industry.
Before Monday’s lawn without a Russian Orthodox priest blessed the spacecraft on its crane in accordance with the tradition, while the crew spoke calmly about the dangers involved.
“Risk is part of our profession,” said the crew committee Oleg Kononenko, a news conference in Baikonur on Sunday adds the “absolutely” trusted teams that prepare them for the flight.
“We are psychologically and technically prepared for outbreaks and every situation that God forbids may occur aboard,” said the 54-year-old. 19659009] Kononenko added that the crew would carry out a space strike on December 11 as part of a mystery hole survey that has caused an air leak on the ISS.
Anne McClain, a 39-year-old former military pilot, said
“We’re very ready for it,” she said.
– “Soyuz in my backyard” –
Canada’s Saint-Jacques, 48, described Soyuz spacecraft as “unbelievably sure.”
The accident highlighted “smart design of Soyuz and the incredible work of seeking and saving people Here on the ground is ready to make every launch, he said.
Saint-Jacques jokes that he had received so much training before the flight “as I felt at the end that I could build a Soyuz in my back yard. “
The trio to reach ISS six hours after blastoff, both Saint-Jacques and McClain will fly for the first time.
Kononenko begins its fourth mission to add an impressive 533 days in space.
Russia said last month that the launch failed due to a sensor damaged by assembly at Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted that the spacecraft was reliable.
The Soviet-designed Soyuzraket is currently the world’s only lifeline to the ISS.
Saint Jacques becomes the first Canadian astronaut visiting the space station since Chris Hadfield, who recorded a version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity classics aboard 2013.
Canada Governor General and more astronaut Julie Payette are expected to be among the dignitaries to watch Monday launch.
] – “Spacewalking like rugby” –
McClain served in Iraq and has represented the United States in women’s rugby.
She has said that gymnastics training was similar to sport because it requires “grit, toughness, mental focus and more.”
The cooperation between Russia and the United States in space has so far been one of the few areas not affected by a crisis in ties between the former Cold War enemies.
But comments from the Russian Space Agency’s chamber, Dmitry Rogozin, have increased ever-increasing eyebrows.
He recently joked Russia would send a mission to the moon to “verify” whether NASA lunar landings ever took place.
Russia’s heavily indebted space industry has suffered a number of accidents, including loss of cargo ships and satellites in recent years.