Space Crew Docked Safely With Space Station

By Amy Tang

A Soyuz rocket docked successfully with the International Space Station (ISS).

On Monday, Dec.3, an international crew safely voyaged with the Russian-made rocket to the ISS. This is after a mission in October that was aborted due to rocket malfunction.

At approximately 19:40 GMT, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, and the Canadian Space Agency’s David Saint-Jacques arrived safely at the ISS, according to Reuters.

The rocket launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was under scrutiny because of the last mission.

According to the BBC, the previous mission was aborted in less than two minutes after launching at 08:40 on Oct. 11.

During the October mission, U.S. Astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were forced to deploy the emergency escape system due to a fault with the rocket’s booster. They were later found by rescuers and both were in good shape.

The new members join the crews who have been at the ISS since June. The old members, including the European Space Agency’s Alexander Gerst, NASA’s Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russia’s Sergey Prokopyev will travel back to Earth on Dec. 20.