Soyuz: first manned mission to ISS since October failure

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Context:

  • A Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit, in the first manned mission since a failed launch in October.

About the Mission:

  • Russian space agency Roscomos announced that the capsule was “successfully launched into orbit”.
  • 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.
  • They escaped unharmed but the failed launch — the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history — raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme.
  • The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the U.S. retired the space shuttle in 2011.

Source:TH