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Soyuz to Carry Spaceflyers, Weeks After the Mishap

After two months of the mishap, when the two spaceflyers had to cease the launching program due to the malfunctioning Soyuz rocket, a cosmonaut and a pair of astronauts have decided to launch to the International Space Station, blasting off the Soyuz rocket.

On Monday, Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut; along with the Canadian astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, David Saint-Jacques and Oleg Kononenko, respectively are about to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This is the first-ever manned Soyuz launch after the mishap of 11 October 2018, when Nick Hague, a NASA astronaut and Alexey Ovchinin, the Russian cosmonaut had to abort the launch due to some faults. Though they landed safely, the upcoming launch on 3rd December will call for intense scrutiny and additional monitoring.

The liftoff is about to begin at 0530 hours EST, which will be live streamed by NASA. The live coverage will start from 1145 hours EST when the Soyuz capsule docks with the space station.

According to John Logsdon, the space policy expert, launching people in the spacecraft is a high-stake operation. The retired professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, Washington also mentioned that the risk associated with this launch is equivalent to any other crewed launch. However, the world will watch this time. He believes that the investigation will diagnose the fault and will help in fixing the fault promptly. However, no scopes for fault will be kept loose as they are aware of the stakes.

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos had investigated the fault that caused the launch to abort on 11 October. The scientists have found that a faulty sensor had restricted the second stage from operating as the separation of both the stages was halted. They have speculated that during the assembly of the rocket, the sensor might have been damaged.

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