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Crew from aborted Soyuz capsule dock safely at ISS

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NASA and of the Russian space agency have safely docked at the (ISS), five months after their rocket booster malfunctioned soon after launch, the US space agency has said.

The two were joined by NASA for the launch at 3.14 p.m., on Thursday aboard the Russian MS-12 from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, NASA said in a statement.

Hague, Koch and Ovchinin docked to the space station's Rassvet module at 9.01 p.m. after a four-orbit, six-hour journey. Their mission, Expedition 59, officially began at the time of docking.

Hague and Ovchinin's journey to the ISS was initially planned for October 11, last year. However, a booster separation problem with their rocket's first stage triggered an abort two minutes after launch, resulting in a safe return to Earth.

The three astronauts have joined the station's Expedition 59 crew of NASA, of the and Expedition 59 of and will return to Earth in October as members of Expedition 60.

During their mission, the station crew will take part in about 250 research investigations and not possible on Earth to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences, NASA said.

The investigations include devices that mimic the structure and function of human organs, free-flying robots, and an instrument to measure Earth's distribution of carbon dioxide.

Hague, Koch, McClain and Saint Jacques soon will take part in the three planned spacewalks -- on March 22 and 29 and April 8.

The crew is also scheduled to be on board during test flights of NASA's Commercial Crew Programme, which will return human launches for space station missions to US soil, NASA said.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 14:28 IST
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