Indo-Asian news service
Dec 02, 2018 12:04 IST
Three space travelers, including two astronauts on their first flight, have to start up International Space Station (ISS) on December 3 for a six and a half month mission, NASA said.
The launch comes less than two months after the instigator boosted it Alliance flying carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague to make an emergency landing.
The incident became the first failure of space travel with pilots in contemporary Russian history.
The three new space travelers, Ana McLane of NASA, David Saint-Jacek of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos – are preparing to launch the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft at 5.31 am. from the cosmopolitan Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
After a six-hour orbital trip on Earth, the crew will join the Soyuz in the Station Search module to begin its mission in the orbital laboratory.
It will be the first flight to McLane and Saint-Jacques, and the fourth for Cononenko.
Less than two hours after the port will be opened bars between the Soyuz and the station, and the current crew of the Expedition 57 commando, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA's engineer Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Roscosmos flight engineer Sergei Prokopiev from June in orbit, will greet them.
Kononenko, McClane and Sen Jacques will officially become crew members "Expedition 58", when Gerst, Anjon-Chancellor and Prokopiev will leave for the station on December 20.