A Russian cosmopolist and his NASA co-pilot, five months after making the dramatic launch atmosphere last October, made an orbit at the end of Thursday and, along with NASA astronaut who did his first flight, docked to the International Space Station six hours later to reinforce the labor team back to it. Friday Friday, about the moment the Earth's rotation made the saddle pad – the same one used Yuri Gagarin at the beginning of the Space Age – into the plane's orbit plane.
Using a fast-track procedure, Soyuz MS- 12 / 58S commander Alexey Ovchinin, flight engineer for left seatand astronaut Christina Koch caught a laboratory complex after chase four orbit , moving into automation by Earth-facing Rassvet module at 9:01
After waiting for a residual bid to show hooks, hooks and catches to pull in the ferry for a so-called “hard mate” with the porting of the port. Essays were expected to open about two hours later, after tests to verify an airtight seal and balance pressure between the two spacecraft
Awaiting arrival of new crew station commander Oleg Kononenko, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA fly the engineer Anne McClain. They were sent to the avenue in December 3 and the station had their own since December 19 when their earlier Soyuz crew returned to Earth.
The Soyuzabortion system went into operation automatically, accelerating the capsules of the staff safely away from the failed rocket. Ovininine and The Hague landed about 250 miles from the launch site. The problem with the usually reliable Soyuz booster was quickly corrected, cleaning the way for Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain to benefit from . But bare downstream flights are rescheduled.
The Soyuz MS-12 / 58S spacecraft that was launched Thursday first in April was expected to take the lead Oleg Skripochka, guest-cosmetics and Koch, who was training as a flight board engineer, or co-pilot. But after the survival, the flight was transferred and Ovchinin and The Hague were assigned to take part in Koch by Hague taking on a joint pilot role.
In a pre-launched interview, Koch, an electrical engineer, rock climber and researcher Antarctic veteran said that she had no qualification for spacing into a Soyuz spacecraft and getting into space.
"It's an incredible machine," she said. "The fact that its reliability is so high is highly appreciated, and it was a privilege for me to train on spacecraft with such a wonderful record. It was an honor. It is a good spacecraft."
The first few weeks are extremely busy in front of an expanded half-member crew along with three planned space walks around the end of the month to install new solar array batteries and to make upgrades and other maintenance. Hague and McClain will make their first swap swap on 22 March and McClain and Koch will expect them to continue seven days later. Hague and Saint-Jacques will perform the third EVA on April 8.
Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya was the first woman to walk in space in 1984. Subsequently, eleven American women followed her legs, starting with astronaut Kathryn Sullivan during a shuttle flight in October 1984. McClain and Koch thirteenth and fourteenth centuries to float outside a spaceship and the first all-weather spaceship team
NASA planned to install the new solar batteries during two drop-down space stores, but the launch of a Japanese cargo ship was delayed. HTV-7 brought them to orbit and the EVAs were deferred until the arrival of the Hague last October.
In addition to the walking spaces, the station crew will carry out a complete scientific and routine research slate and will unblock five unestablished cargo ships – two Russian progress lighters, two SpaceX Dragon supply ships and a Northrup Grumman Cygnus cargo capsules.
It is estimated that Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain will return to Earth on June 25 to take up a 203 day mission. The station itself will have Ovchinin, Hague and Koch between 6 and 6 July when three new members of the crew: Soyuz MS-13 / 59S commander, Alexander Skvortsov, NASA astronaut, Drew Morgan and Luca Parmitano from Italian, Astronaut Agency European Space.
The flight was the last Russian mission to be contracted to transport US astronauts as NASA which translates to commercial crew ships being built by SpaceX and Boeing. SpaceX launched its Dragon Crew spacecraft on a non-priced test flight in March 2 and could be ready to launch the first astronauts in mid-summer.
Hague and Koch have trained the Dragon and Starliner Crew Places. "greatly to NASA, allowing the US space agency to end its individual reliability on the Russian Soyuz for transport to and from the space station.
But NASA is fencing its bets. Soyuz's additional seat to buy, one for this fall and another spring next, to ensure that US astronauts can reach the station if there is a major delay in the commercial crew program.
Ovchinin, Hague and Koch are scheduled to return to Earth on October 3 to take up a 204 day mission.