Three spacemen on the second attempt finally arrived at the "ISS"
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The glitch in October was momentous: At that time, the launch of a Soyuz rocket failed, two spacemen on board were saved unhurt. After just under five months they were allowed to make a fresh start – with success.
IIn the second attempt, the Russian astronaut Alexei Ovchinin and his US colleague Nick Hague have successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). Together with the US-American Christina Koch her Soyuz rocket lifted on Thursday evening at 20.14 clock German time from the Russian spaceport Baikonur in Kazakhstan from.
Russia's space agency Roskosmos wrote a few minutes after the launch on Twitter: "Flight is normal." After about six hours flight time the space travelers then reached the outpost of humanity, as the US space agency Nasa confirmed in the night of Friday.
Live pictures of Nasa showed a picture book start in the Kazakh steppe. You could see the rocket rising into the night sky. "Everything looks good," said a commentator. NASA wrote on twitterThe three spacemen are on their way to their new home.
In mid-October, there had been a momentous false start in Baikonur. On board the Soyuz rocket were Ovchinin and Hague, but they were able to escape unhurt.
The launcher had shut down 119 seconds after launch due to technical problems and crashed. As a cause Roskosmos indicated a construction error. After the incident in December there was again a manned flight to the "ISS", which ran without problems.
René Pischel, representative of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Moscow, told ZDF that for the two astronauts it was particularly important that they continue immediately after this accident. "And I think: they are very happy that they can fly again after such a short time."
The Russian Oleg Kononenko, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain from the USA are currently working on the "ISS". As a rule, the spacemen stay in space for about six months.