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Gallery: Soyuz MS-12 launcher for space, docks with ISS



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With Soyuz MS-12 safely anchored at the International Space Station, Mission 59 began, bringing the outpost team back to six.

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The mission team is fully 59 after the Soyuz MS-12 docking. Top row: Astronaut Nas

The mission team is fully 59 after the Soyuz MS-12 docking. NASA astronaut Anne McClane, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and Canadian space agency astronaut David San Francisco Bottom line: NASA astronaut Nick Hague, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Obchain and astronaut NASA Christina Koch Photo: NASA

With Soyuz MS-12 safely anchored at the International Space Station, Mission 59 began, bringing the outpost team back to six.

Russian cosmonaut Alexey Obchain and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch boarded their Soyuz-FG rocket at 13:14 EDT (19:14 GMT) March 14, 2019, from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

It was the second attempt for Ovchinin and HAG to reach space after their Soyuz mission ended approximately two minutes into the ascent when a failure to separate the booster caused a flight miscarriage. The two landed safely in Kazakhstan about 20 minutes later.

Soyuz MS-12 docks with a Rassvet module. Photo: NASA

Soyuz MS-12 docks with a Rassvet module. Photo: NASA TV

This time, Koch joined, the flight passed by the book and entered the orbit about nine minutes later, setting the stage for a six-hour meeting to catch up and make its way to the International Space Station. The docking came at 9:01. EDT (0101 GMT 15 March) when Soyuz MS-12 contacted the Rassvet module's earth-facing port.

After leak tests and opening an opening, which took place at 11:07 pm EDT (03:07 GMT 15 March), the staff ventured into the Zvezda service module and had a welcoming ceremony, talking to friends and colleagues via radio back to Baikonur.

"You did it," said Lt. Col. Katie Hague, Nick's wife.

It was after laughter in the conference room as it relates to the fact that his previous flight did not go as well as this.

"It went to infinity better than the last one," said Hag.

Some of Koch's friends and family were there, too. She also had a number of people who watched her launch and reached the ISS via NASA television.

"The launch was amazing," said Robert Koch, her husband. "The flood of love and messages and people coming out is unbelievable … We had so many people to contact us about the launch and so many people are so proud of you."

Koch said she needed a lot of support from everyone, including the NASA and ROCOSMOS crews, who put everyone in the ISS.

The Hague and Ovchinin plan to remain on the outpost until October 3, 2019. Koch will remain on the ship for another three months to make room for an astronaut of the United Arab Emirates to return to Earth after he sets out on the Soyuz MS-15 at the end of September 2019. She will return in December through Soyuz MS- 13.

Video courtesy of NASA

Soyuz MS-12 team at the end of a pre-launch press conference on March 13, 2019. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Soyuz MS-12 team at the end of a pre-launch press conference on March 13, 2019. Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Soyuz MS-12 as seen during the dawn before take-off. Photo: NASA

Soyuz MS-12 as seen during the dawn before take-off. Photo: NASA

An Orthodox Russian priest welcomes the rocket, the launch and the media covering the event. Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

An Orthodox Russian priest welcomes the rocket, the launch and the media covering the event. Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Koch, Left, Obcin, Central, and Hag Gal to friends and colleagues before leaving the launch site to fit and bring the Soyuz rocket to the ISS. Photo: NASA

Koch, Left, Obcin, Central, and Hag Gal to friends and colleagues before leaving the launch site to fit and bring the Soyuz rocket to the ISS. Photo: NASA / Roscosmos

Soyuz MS-12 with launch towers around the rocket. Photo: Roscosmos

Soyuz MS-12 with launch towers around the rocket. Photo: Roscosmos

The Hague, Upper, Koch, Center, and Ovchinin say goodbye to those present on the launch pad. Photo: NASA

The Hague, Upper, Koch, Center, and Ovchinin say goodbye to those present on the launch pad. Photo: NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Photo: Bill Ingalls / Nas

Photo: Bill Ingalls / NASA

Soyuz MS-12 is approaching ISS for docking. Photo: David St. M / CSA / NASA / Roscosmos

Soyuz MS-12 is approaching ISS for docking. Photo: David St. M / CSA / NASA / Roscosmos

Video courtesy of NASA

Alexei Ovech Christina Koch Mission 59 International Space Station NASA Nick Hughes Roscosmos MS-12 Range


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