European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this incredible image during a crewed Soyuz launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 3, 2018.
The launch was closely scrutinised because of the abortive mission to the ISS on October 11, which ended two minutes after take-off when a rocket failure forced its two-man crew to perform an emergency landing.
A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted midair because of a rocket malfunction.
Astronauts from Russian Federation, the U.S. and Canada onboard the Soyuz MS-11 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station today at 6:31 a.m. EST.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency representative David Saint-Jacques and Oleg Konenenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will spend the next six and a half months in global the space lab.
The station's current crew of NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian Sergei Prokopyev and German Alexander Gerst were waiting to greet the newcomers. They managed to emerge safely despite the harrowing ordeal.
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Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev, who is now onboard the space station, are also scheduled for a spacewalk to examine the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from the outside.
A Russian investigation attributed the failure to a sensor that was damaged during the rocket's final assembly.
The astronauts who were forced to make an emergency landing will attempt to launch again next spring.
Three astronauts who launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft have entered the International Space Station after spending almost eight hours in their tiny capsule.
Space officials breathed a sigh of relief after observing the flawless launch, with October's rocket failure still on the minds of many.
Since the mishap, four successful unmanned Soyuz satellite launches have been conducted.
The launch of the rocket will be observed by the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of NASA's manned flights department, William Gerstenmayer, and the governor-general of Canada, Julie Peyette (former astronaut of the Canadian Space Agency). They should reach the International Space Station by noon.