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3-nation crew blasts off to space station

IANS  |  Washington 

A MS-11, carrying one each from the US and and a from Russia, has been successfully launched to the (ISS) on Monday and has safely reached orbit, the US space agency NASA said in a statement.

The MS-11 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in to the ISS at 6.31 a.m. EST on Monday (5.31 p.m. in Baikonur). At the time of launch, the station was flying about 250 miles over southwest of the capital of Astana, 405 miles ahead of the as it leaves the launch pad.

NASA Anne McClain, of the and of the Russian space agency began their six-hour trip to the orbital laboratory where they will live and work for the next six-and-a-half months.

"The #Exp58 crew is safely in orbit! I'm grateful to and the entire @NASA and @teams for their dedication to making this launch a success. Ad Astra!," Jim Bridenstine, NASA tweeted on Monday.

The launch came 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 crew arrival will briefly restore the station's crew complement to six as they join Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA, Expedition 57 of (European Space Agency) and of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who are scheduled to remain aboard the station till December 20.

The crew members will also receive the Dragon cargo resupply set to launch on Tuesday from and deliver more than 5,800 pounds of critical research and supplies.

"Welcome to Space! The trio is now safely in orbit and solar arrays have successfully deployed on their Soyuz They will now embark on six-hour chasedown of the space station and are expected to arrive later today," NASA tweeted.



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 18:46 IST