Russia said Wednesday that the first manned launch of the International Space Station since a failed launch this month will take place on 3 December.
Sergei Krikalyov, Executive Director of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, told the state news agency RIA Novosti: "The industry is now making considerable efforts to push ahead with the launch by 3 December."
Russia resumed all launches following the October crash 11, unprecedented for Russia's post-Soviet manned launches, where the missile crashed a few minutes after launch.
Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague safely returned to Earth in their capsule.
The next astronauts traveling to the ISS will be Russian Oleg Kononenko, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.
Before the accident, NASA said it would launch on December 20.
Krikalyov added that the astronauts currently on the ISS are expected to land on Earth "around December 20". They should land on December 13th.
The crew on board is currently Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, NASA's Serena Aunon Chancellor and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.
The Russian rocket puts the satellite into orbit