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Soyuz rocket: The first astronauts start in space since the failure

Image copyrightEPA [19659004] captionThe team will spend six and a half months at the International Space Station (ISS) Astronauts from…

 Members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 58/59, CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques (L), Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (C) and NASA astronaut Anne McClain (R)

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The team will spend six and a half months at the International Space Station (ISS)

Astronauts from Russia, the United States and Canada left Kazakhstan on a mission linked to the International Space Station at 1

7.30 (17:30). The three astronauts have blasted off on the first manned Soyuz rocket launch since a dramatic failure in October.

11:30 GMT).

In October, the trip saw two astronauts forced to make an emergency landing just a few minutes after the start.

Investigators considered an incorrect sensor that they said had been damaged when mounted at the Kazakh site. 19659007] Speaking before the trip on Sunday, crew commander Oleg Kononenko confirmed his crew “completely” confidence in the flight preparation.

“Risk is part of our profession,” said the 54-year-old at a press conference. [19659007] “We are psychologically and technically prepared for outbreaks and every situation that God forbids may occur aboard.”

A rehearsal unmanned flight, which delivered cargo including food and fuel deliveries, was successfully carried out in mid-November.

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The threepersons personnel mission was originally planned later this month but officials took it on to avoid leaving ISS left unmanned when its present crew returns to the ground.

The October 11 event highlighted the security of Russia’s space program, whose fleet has suffered a number of technical failures in recent years.

Afterwards, investigators said they believed that other Soyuz models might have been defective, but that further controls had been introduced.

Nasa gave assurance of their continued cooperation with and confidence in the Russian program that followed the event.

David Saint-Jacques (L), 48, Canadian Engineer, Astrophysician and Family Doctor Three Aerospace Flight Operations on ISS in 2008, 2011-12 and 2015, a total of 534 days including three space flights

  • Anne McClain (R), 39, US; experienced pilot who studied as a doctoral student at the University of Bath and Bristol in the United Kingdom

Roscosmos, the Russian space organization, is currently the only organization carrying astronauts to ISS after Nasa completed their spacecraft flights in 2011.

Crew as a suspension on Monday will spend six and a half months aboard the station.

Reports say that a Russian Orthodox priest blessed his rocket before his flight on Monday, which is traditional.

It will be the fourth visit to ISS for the Russian cosmonaut Kononenko, while the trip will be the first for both Anne McClain from the United States and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.

During its mission, members of the crew are scheduled to enter a spacecourse to further distinguish a mysterious hole that caused a loss of air pressure aboard the ISS in August.

Its cause has not yet been established, but Russian officials have said they think it was caused by a drill and may have been intentional.

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