Today's Soyuz Launch Went Off Without Any Problems
Today was the first launch of the Soyuz vessel since its frightening accident last year, which saw the two-person crew perform an emergency launch abort delivering the crew back to earth safely.
Onboard the Soyuz capsule today were Nick Hague & Alexey Ovchinin who were aboard the rocket back in October which experienced issues. Joining in the third seat on today's launch was NASA astronaut Christina Koch.
This is the first flight of the Soyuz craft since that failed flight back in October. That flight took off as usual, but only two and a half minutes after launch as the primary side boosters separated from the main rocket one of the boosters struck the main rocket and sent it rocking back and forth violently. At this time the crew initiated a launch abort and the Soyuz capsule separated from the main rocket and landed back on earth with the astronauts being unharmed.
Following today's launch, the astronauts will spend six hours orbiting the earth before docking with the International Space Station.
Today's Launch Schedule
3:14 PM ET - Soyuz launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
9:07 PM ET - Soyuz capsule begins docking with ISS
10:30 PM ET - Soyuz hatch open and crew transitions into the ISS.