Three people are scheduled to launch into space at 3:14 p.m. EDT on Thursday aboard a Russian rocket called Soyuz.
Two of the crew members — NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin — tried to launch on a Soyuz in October, but it failed in mid-flight.
An emergency escape system saved Hague and Ovchinin from the doomed rocket.
The two will again try to reach the International Space Station, this time with NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who’s slated to participate in the first all-female spacewalk later this month.
You can watch live video (below) of the Soyuz launch and docking via NASA TV starting at 2 p.m. EDT.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were rocketing toward space at 4,000 mph on October 11 when the unthinkable happened.
As they were gaining speed 1 minute and 24 seconds into the flight, one of the Russian-built Soyuz rocket’s four side boosters failed to detach, dooming the launch. After a flashing of lights and throbbing of alarms — signals that gave the two men a moment to realize what was about to happen — an emergency system blasted the space capsule off the rocket.
They eventually landed uninjured in Kazakhstan.
“We’re kind of hanging upside-down from our straps … and we looked at each other, big grins. He holds out a hand. I shake his hand. And then we start cracking a few jokes between us about how short our flight was,” Hague told the Associated Press.
Following the failure, Hague and Ovchinin said they were grateful to be alive but disappointed about not reaching reaching the International Space Statio after years of training.
But today, the two men will get a second chance.
If all goes well, their new Soyuz MS-12 …read more
Source:: Business Insider