Soyuz spacecraft successfully docks with ISS

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An American, a Canadian and a Russian blasted into orbit Monday in the first launch of a piloted Russian Soyuz rocket since a dramatic failure in October when a booster failed to separate smoothly and the crew plummeted to earth in an emergency return.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of Russian space agency Roscosmos docked with the station at 11:33 p.m. (1733 GMT; 12:33 p.m. EST) Monday while flying over 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Ecuador.

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Saint-Jacques is the first Canadian to go to space and live on the International Space Station since Chris Hadfield, who became known for his iconic space tweets.

The crewmembers of the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft that docked to the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday evening has entered the station after pressure inside the spaceship and the station was equalized, a spokesman for the mission control center said. That triggered the Soyuz spacecraft's launch abort system, sending the spacecraft away from the damaged rocket.

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After arriving at the space station, the astronauts will face several missions, for example, making an exploration of the hole discovered in August in one of the Soyuz ships moored to the ISS.

Last month, Roscosmos tweeted a video of the October 11 failed Soyuz rocket launch that forced NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin into making a harrowing emergency landing. Until December 20, the new ISS crew will perform a large number of experiments that will return to Earth the crew of Sergey Prokopyeva.

On Monday, NASA announced Hague and Ovchinin will now launch to the space station on February 28, along with NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch. In a call with his family and others at the Russian launch site, Saint-Jacques revealed his first impressions of outer space so far.

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter that the crew were "safely in orbit" and thanked the United States and Russian teams "for their dedication to making this launch a success".

Saint-Jacques will be his own main subject, using his medical training to try and develop new programs to keep astronauts healthy in space. "They share some of the same problems we do - there's a finite amount in the budget in our countries and space flight is part of the discretionary budget", shared NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier to Bloomberg.

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