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The incredible view of a rocket launch ... from space

The incredible view of a rocket launch ... from space

MOSCOW: The first manned Soyuz flight since a failed launch in October successfully docked at the International Space Station on Monday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said.

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of Nasa and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station.

It was the first manned launch for the Soviet-era Soyuz since Oct 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 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. However, their Soyuz booster malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff when one of four strap-on boosters recontacted the core stage after separation. That triggered the Soyuz spacecraft's launch abort system, sending the spacecraft away from the damaged rocket. He will get to try again in 2019. The dream lives on, however, as NASA has rescheduled Hague for a February 28, 2019 launch to the ISS. But Where Is It Going To Call Home?

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Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin was also on the aborted Soyuz launch, and he's set to join Hague and NASA astronaut Christina Koch on the upcoming mission. The flight of Al Mansouri or another Emirati astronaut will likely be delayed until later in the year.

The three crew members will spend more than six months conducting hundreds of science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development, providing the foundation for continuing human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars.

The new arrivals to the ISS will join the European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst, NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russia's Sergey Prokopyev, who have been in orbit since June but are due to fly back to Earth on December 20.