It's the time it takes to get to the International Space Station


A Russian-American crew of three arrived at the International Space Station (ISS), marking the success of the second attempt to reach the aircraft after an untimely launch in October 2018.

The Russian Soyuz rocket carrying American astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, as well as Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin, arrived at 15:00 GMT / UTC on 15 March 2019, a few minutes earlier than planned after a six-hour flight.

The craft took off without incident from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 14, 2019.

The Soyuz MS-12 flight reached the designated orbit about nine minutes after launch. The crew indicated that he felt good and that all the systems on board were functioning normally.

NASA astronauts Nick Hague (left) and Christina Hammock Koch (right) and Alexey Ovchinin from the Russian space agency Roscosmos (center).

On October 11, 2018, a Soyuz spacecraft in which Hague and Ovchinin were equipped failed after two minutes of flight, activating a rescue system allowing their capsule to land safely.

This accident was the first launch of an aborted crew of the Russian space program since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts were safely dropped after an explosion on the launch pad.

The trio joins American Anne McClain, Russian Oleg Kononenko and Canadian David Saint-Jacques, who are currently on board the ISS. They will conduct work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical sciences and earth sciences.

This article was originally published on Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Follow @RFERL on Twitter.

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