Baikonur Cosmodrome [Kazakhstan], Dec 3 (ANI): Russia's state space agency, Roscosmos, successfully launched the manned Soyuz MS 11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Canadian space agency's astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA's Anne McClain towards the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday.
Roscosmos announced that the spacecraft had completed the third stage and would be reaching the ISS by Monday night (IST).
#SoyuzMS11: T+08:48 min ? third stage cut-off and separation of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft! Oleg Kononenko, @Astro_DavidS and @AstroAnnimal are on their way to the International @Space_Station.— ????????? (@roscosmos) December 3, 2018
Docking to ISS on December 3 at 17:36 UTC pic.twitter.com/cKyX3zpM3Y
The spacecraft is successfully in orbit and is the first manned mission to be launched since October when the rocket malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff. Russian astronaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague were on board, according to Sputnik.
Welcome to Space! The trio is now safely in orbit and solar arrays have successfully deployed on their Soyuz spacecraft. They will now embark on six-hour chasedown of the @Space_Station and are expected to arrive later today: https://t.co/FRrjhIw77o pic.twitter.com/2wmO3vC7iT— NASA (@NASA) December 3, 2018
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine thanked both the teams at Roscosmos and NASA for their hard work that made the launch a success.
The #Exp58 crew is safely in orbit! I'm grateful to Director General Dmitry Rogozin and the entire @NASA and @roscosmos teams for their dedication to making this launch a success. Ad Astra! pic.twitter.com/lXENvE0N6e— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) December 3, 2018
The current mission is about 194-days long and the rocket will take about six hours to reach the space station. (ANI)