The three crew members who were aboard the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft have arrived safely at the ISS after they completed the launching from Kazakhstan earlier today. NASA’s Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency’s David Saint-Jacques and Roscosmos’s Oleg Kononenko are all going to get settled on board the International Space Station following a 6-hour journey. This was the very first crewed launch of a Soyuz rocket ever since an equipment malfunction caused cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and astronaut Nick Hague to abort their launch and plan an emergency landing in the month of October.
.@AstroAnnimal, @Astro_DavidS and Oleg Kononenko are welcomed aboard the International @Space_Station when the hatches between their spacecraft and the orbiting laboratory officially opened at 2:37pm ET today. Learn more: https://t.co/FRrjhIw77o pic.twitter.com/Jln4vpTlc7
— NASA (@NASA) December 3, 2018
The crew is known to have arrived at the ISS at 12:33 PM Eastern and the hatch between the space station and their spacecraft opened a little more than 2 hours later. The three will be spending over six months on the ISS conducting a number of science experiments.