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3 astronauts set to launch to space station on Monday

IANS  |  Washington 

Three space travellers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to launch to the (ISS) on Monday for a six-and-a-half month mission, said.

The launch comes less than two months after a booster failure forced a Soyuz carrying Russian and US to make an emergency landing.

The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.

The three new space travellers -- of NASA, the and of Russian space agency - are preparing to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-11 at 5.31 p.m. from the Baikonur spaceport in

Following a six-hour journey making four orbits of Earth, the crew will dock the Soyuz to the station's Poisk module to begin their mission on the orbital laboratory.

It will be the first flight for both McClain and Saint-Jacques and the fourth for Kononenko.

Less than two hours after docking, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the current crew, Expedition 57 of (European Space Agency), Serena and Sergey Prokopyev, who have been in orbit since June, will greet them.

Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques will officially become the Expedition 58 crew when Gerst, and Prokopyev depart the station for home on December 20.



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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 11:46 IST