New crew launching to space station on Thursday

Postado Março 15, 2019

Photographers take pictures as the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft carrying the crew formed of Aleksey Ovchinin of Russia, Nick Hague and Christina Koch of the USA blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan March 15, 2019.

This is the second attempt by Hague and Ovchinin to get to the ISS.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along with Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as planned from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:14 a.m. Friday (1914 GMT Thursday).

The Soyuz MS-12 took off at 1914 GMT, as planned, and is due to bring Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and USA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch to the International Space Station around eight hours later.

That time, the rocket was forced to make an emergency landing two minutes after take-off because a sensor had been damaged while it was being built. Then, the rocket's emergency escape system was triggered and the crew capsule detached from the rest of the spacecraft.

Mr Ovchinin, 47, told reporters before the latest launch that the rocket was now in good shape, although a small fault had been discovered during its final checks on Tuesday.

"So, I'm one hundred percent confident in the rocket to deliver us to the space station and bring us home safely", he said.