Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launches three astronauts to ISS

Into the great black open’ Soyuz TIME-LAPSED journey to the International Space Station

Into the great black open’ Soyuz TIME-LAPSED journey to the International Space Station

This is the first spaceflight for both McClain and Saint-Jacques and the fourth trip to the space station for Kononenko.

After the hatch opened at 2:37 p.m.

They successfully docked at the ISS on schedule at 1736 GMT to begin an expected six and a half months aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said via Twitter. He said "it's just the beginning" of the discoveries ahead of him.

Three astronauts have successfully blasted off to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a ideal launch that follows October's aborted mission. "We don't know where we're going to go or what we're going to find, but it's going to be interesting".

Canada's governor general and former astronaut Julie Payette will be among the dignitaries watching the launch.

As David Saint-Jacques blasted off into space Monday, retired astronaut Robert Thirsk clinically explained the process to a packed crowd of Canadian Space Agency staff and guests.

RFE also quoted McClain, 39, saying: "We feel very ready for it". "As the African proverb says, if we choose to go alone, we might go fast, but if we go together we go farther".

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is set to blast off in a Russian Soyuz rocket launched from Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station (ISS). "Everything looking good, vehicle is stable - good first stage performance".

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Payette, who completed missions to the space station in 1999 and 2009, says the most risky moments come immediately following the launch as the rocket passes through several "critical zones" on its way into space.

"Space represents a lot of opportunities for a lot of Canadians", he said at the agency office.

It was particularly troubling considering the fact that the Soyuz is now the only spacecraft and rocket that can take humans to space these days, since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.

With the failure of the October 11 Soyuz MS-10 launch, however, which was supposed to carry American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin on their mission to space, the timetable for subsequent launches were moved up. The pair was forced to evacuate, and had a safe but bumpy ride back to Earth.

Russian Federation said last month the launch failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.

On Monday, NASA announced Hague and Ovchinin will now launch to the space station on February 28, along with NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch. Aboard the station, Saint-Jacques will be conducting a number of science experiments, including research on the provision of remote medical care and on the effects of microgravity on the body.

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopyev of Roscosmos will greet the trio when they arrive at the ISS.

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