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Astronauts Alexei Ovchinin and Nick Haig went to the ISS on the second attempt – for the first time their rocket collapsed

For a second chance, Haig and Ovchinin changed the flight schedule.

The Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft with cosmonauts Nick Haig, Alexei Ovchinin and Kristina Koch successfully launched to the ISS. The crew will reach the station within six hours. For Haig and Ovchinin, this was the second attempt to get to the ISS after the Soyuz accident at the end of 2018.

Three astronauts will join the already working crew – Russian Oleg Kononenko, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and American Ann McClain. Haig, Ovchinin and Koch will stay on the ISS for six months, for the Americans this mission is the first in their lives. At the end of March, Koch and McClain will make the first fully female spacewalk.

On October 11, during the launch of the Soyuz MS-10 to the ISS , an accident occurred, but astronauts Haig and Ovchinin were saved by the emergency system and they were not injured. The cause of the incident was the abnormal operation of the sensor separation of the first and second stages of the rocket.

After the accident, Roskosmos temporarily canceled the launches of Soyuz, but a month later launched the Soyuz MS-11 almost three weeks earlier. Flight plan shifted to give a second chance to Haig and Ovchinin.


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