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3-nation crew lands safely on ISS after Soyuz accident

IANS  |  Washington 

Barley two months after a made an emergency landing, the Russian has safely brought one each from the US and and a from Russia, to the (ISS).

The carrying of NASA, of the and of launched at 6.31 a.m. on Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in

McClain, Saint-Jacques and Konenenko docked to the space station's Poisk module at 12.33 p.m. after a four-orbit, six-hour journey, and opened the hatch between the two at 2.37 p.m., and are adjusting to life, NASA said in a statement on Tuesday

This is the first for both McClain and Saint-Jacques and the fourth trip to the space station for Kononenko.

The three crew members will spend more than six months conducting hundreds of science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development, providing the foundation for continuing human beyond low-Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars.

They will also conduct experiments in forest observation, robotic refueling and

This arrival briefly restores the ISS' crew complement to six as they join Serena of NASA, Expedition 57 of (European Space Agency) and of the Russian space agency

Aunon-Chancellor, Gerst and Prokopyev are scheduled to remain aboard the station until December 20. Expedition 58 officially begins once the three departing spacefarers undock from the space station, NASA stated.

The new crew is scheduled to be onboard during the first test flights of NASA's Commercial Crew Programme, which will return human launches to US soil.

In March 2019, the station will again return to a full complement of six crew members when they are joined for Expedition 59 by NASA astronauts and and of

In October, booster failure forced a carrying Russian and US to make an emergency landing.

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

Hague will now head to the ISS in February 2019.

"Congratulations to @AstroHague! Nick Hague, our who was forced to abort his recent Soyuz launch in October, will be headed to the @Space_Station on February 28, 2019. He will be joined by @NASA astronaut @Astro_Christina and Russian Alexey Ovchinin," NASA wrote in a tweet on Monday.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 12:44 IST