An global crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket docked safely at the worldwide Space Station (ISS) on Monday, the first manned voyage to the ISS since a mission in October was aborted midair because of a rocket malfunction.
After the hatch opened at 2:37 p.m.
Canadian Space Agency president Sylvain Laporte told the crew members there was "a lot of relief" when the astronauts entered the space station about two hours after docking.
These crewmembers will be aboard the ISS during the first test flights of the NASA Commercial Crew Program that will see astronauts being able to get into space from the United States for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle fleet, assuming test flights go well.
Saint-Jacques, 48, described the Soyuz spacecraft as "incredibly safe".
(Right) The spacecraft, carrying the astronauts, takes off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday. The Monday launch marks the Soyuz's return to form. They'll stay aboard the space station for about 6.5 months performing science and learning how to live in space. In June 2013, McClain was selected as a member of the 21 NASA astronaut class, completing her astronaut candidate training in 2015.
The ISS orbits around the Earth at 28,000 kilometers per hour since 1998.
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Russian Federation said last month the October launch had failed because of a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.
Back on Canadian soil, a crowd monitored the launch from the Canadian Space Agency in Longueuil, Que., as the rocket began its trip to the space station.
Astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons echoed the message, saying Saint-Jacques was a special role model for her and other young people who may be considering a future in space.
Some of the investigations they will conduct are sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory on the space station, which Congress designated in 2005 to maximize its use for improving quality of life on Earth.
It was the first manned launch for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make an emergency landing.
The two-man Soyuz MS-10 crew, NASA's Nick Hague and Roscosmos's Aleksey Ovchinin, did not make it to ISS that day, but they will get a second chance in February on Soyuz MS-12.
This is the first time that McClain and Saint-Jacques have been to the ISS, but the fourth mission for Kononenko.