BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan – A Russian-American crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, five months after a botched launch led to an emergency landing for two of the three astronauts.
This time, the rocket of Russia's Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague, a Colonel of the Air Force, with Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin standing up precisely as planned from Baikonur cosmodrome to Kazakhstan at 1
After six hours, their capsule cut into orbiting outposts.
On October 11, a Soyuz, carrying Hague and Ovchinin, failed to fly two minutes, enabling a rescue system to allow their capsule to safely land. This accident was the first rampage crew launch for Russia's space program since 1983, safely by two Soviet cosmonauts after the launch pad launch.
On Friday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine greeted the crew on a successful launch. "Nick Hague is proud of his perseverance in launching last October without planning," he tweeted.
The Hague, a flight test engineer, veteran of Iraq and an astronaut since 2013, was assigned to the Air Force Space Command. His wife, Lt. Col. Mary "Catie" Hague, a public affairs officer and veteran in Iraq, the commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 3 at the University of Houston.
Speaking at a pre-launch news conference in Baikonur, astronauts said they trusted in rocket and believed in the success of their mission.
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"I'm 100 percent confident in rocket and in spacecraft," said the Hague. "Events from October only helped to boost them and strengthen car ownership to do their job."
Three will join NASA's Anne McClain, Roscosmos & # 39; Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency at the station slot. They work in hundreds of experiments on biology, biotechnology, physical science and science of the Earth.
When one of the four booster bolts for their Soyuz was not sorted well two minutes after their launch in October, the Hague and Ovchinin jettisoned from the rocket. Their rescue capsule has fallen straight back to Earth with lights flashing and alarming, which creates the crew with seven times the force of gravity.
Hague emphasized Wednesday that they were well trained for the emergency.
"The nature of our profession is that we spend 90-95 percent of our time doing what to do when things go wrong," he said. "And so we spend all the time training, running in all those situations. And because we are trained in this way, as in October when things like this, we're ready to do what we need to do so successfully out. "
October's failure was the first launching of the Russian space program for 35 years and only the third in history. Every time, the automatic rocket rescue system keeps the crew.
Russia's investigation indicates the failure of the October launch on the sensor damaged by the last rocket gathering. The next crew launch at the space station in December went without a hitch.
Ovchinin revealed that they felt "more annoyed than anxiety" when their rescue capsule touches the arid steppes of Kazakhstan. "It's broken and it's quite frustrating that we did not do it at the International Space Station," he said.
NASA and Roscosmos praised the courage of the crew and crushed the release and promised to give them a second chance to quickly "We do not accept the danger blindly, we aggravate it as long as we can, and we always plan to be successful, "says Hague.
Ovchinin said that the October launch was an "interesting and useful experience" that "proved the reliability of the emergency rescue system."
Since the 2011 US cruise ship's retirement, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft is the only vehicle that crews crew at space station.
However, NASA counts on SpaceX and Boeing to begin launching astronauts later this year. SpaceX ship Dragon returns Friday from a six-day flight test at a space station and may take astronauts there on its next flight as early as this summer.