MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian-made Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying three astronauts into space, two of whom survived a mid-air rocket failure in October.
The Soyuz MS-12 took off at 1914 GMT, as deliberate, and is because of convey Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and U.S. astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch to the International Space Station round eight hours later.
For Ovchinin and Hague, it’s the first flight since an emergency touchdown two minutes after they blasted off on Oct. 11, 2018.
An investigation confirmed then that the abortive launch was attributable to a sensor broken throughout the rocket’s meeting on the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
This week, Ovchinin and Hague stated they have been assured this time about reaching the International Space Station, although they stated a small fault had been found on their rocket throughout remaining checks.
Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Heavens
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