A Russian cosmonaut and two US astronauts arrived in a Russian crew on Friday The Soyuz spacecraft was five months after the failed launch of a rocket that carried two of the passengers.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and his Russian colleague Alexey Ovchinin, who both survived a dramatic Soyuz launch last year, were joined in the execution of NASA astronaut Christina Koch's journey.
The missile erupted without an incident An incident from the Russian Cosmodrome Baikonur in Kazakhstan, which docked at the ISS less than six hours later, more than 400 kilometers (249 miles) above the Earth at 01:01 GMT, a few minutes before Schedule.
During a live broadcast on high-resolution cameras aboard the ISS, Mission Commander Ovchinin reported that the mooring mechanism was activated. A NASA commentator then confirmed the "arrest".
The launch was closely watched after the men's spaceflight was interrupted in October when a technical problem with their Soyuz rocket caused a crash two minutes after launch.
Both men got away unhurt.
It was the first such accident in Russia's post-Soviet history and a serious blow to the once-proud space industry.
In a conversation with reporters before their six-month mission, Ovchinin said some flawed components In the launcher this week had been found and replaced.
"Yesterday they found minor disruptions," said the 47-year-old on Wednesday.
He insisted that the launcher was in good condition.  "There are no problems," said Ovchinin.
Hague, 43, said he was looking forward to the flight – his second attempt to enter space.
"I am 100 percent confident in the rocket and spaceship," he said.
The October crash was the cause The sensor was damaged during the rocket assembly.
"Old but reliable"
The Space expert Vadim Lukashevich said last-minute exchanges are nothing out of the ordinary.
"The Soyuz is an old but reliable machine. "He said to AFP."
Russia's space industry has suffered many mishaps in recent years, including the loss of cargo spacecraft and numerous satellites.
I was keen to play through the drama of the October emergency landing.
The Demolition was "a little disappointing" after preparations had lasted a year and a half, but also "an interesting and necessary experience" that tested the depth of the readiness of the space program, he said.
The flight of Koch, Haag and Ovchinin also became
SpaceX's successful test launch with its Dragon vehicle has called for an eight-year monopoly on travel – the space station enjoyed Russia since NASA stopped the launch of the Space Shuttle.
In Speaking to reporters, the trio and its three-man replacement team emphasized collaboration rather than competition for the Dragon -Mission, which is regarded by some as the beginning of an era of commercial space travel, which is driven by business people like Elon Musk, the SpaceX heard.
Koch, a 40-year space rookie, described SpaceX's success as "a great example of what we've been doing for a very long time."
"And that's collaboration between partners and enabling things that are very difficult to look simple," she said.
"First Space Walks"
There has already been a successful manned launch of the ISS since the failed Soyuz mission
The arrival of the trio returns the crew of the orbiting laboratory to a total of six.
Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, NASC's Anne McClain and Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques launched into orbiting outposts in December. [1965900 During their mission, McClain, Saint-Jacques, Hague and Koch will perform the first space walks of their careers.
This week, Hague gave a glimpse into the peculiarities of personal body care aboard the ISS.  "In space, we use clippers attached to a vacuum device to keep hair particles from floating around or getting stuck in our ventilation systems," he wrote on Twitter. The International Space Station (19659007) – a rarity area of cooperation between Moscow and Washington – has been orbiting the earth since 1998 at around 28,000 kilometers per hour.