The three astronauts will begin an expected six and a half month stay aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said. The hatch to the Russian ship ferrying the crewmembers opened at 2:37 pm.
Kazakhstan-A Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on Monday, in the first manned mission since a failed launch in October. The crew planned to dock with the International Space Station about six hours after the launch and will live in orbit for six months.
On board were David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI, a Canadian engineer, astrophysicist, and medical doctor; space veteran Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX, of Russian Federation, and Anne McClain, of the US. "In a way, this episode reassures me about the intelligence of Soyuz and the incredible work of the research team here on Earth", explained Saint-Jacques, 48.
"We feel very ready for it", she said.
An helicopter pilot and will strap into a Soyuz rocket on Monday for the trip from Kazakhstan to the, according to a release from Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
"We have liftoff", a NASA television commentator said as the rocket roared into the sky under 930 pounds of thrust and at a speed of 1,770 kilometres per hour.
Astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons echoed the message, saying Saint-Jacques was a special role model for her and other young people who may be considering a future in space.
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The incident became the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.
This is the first manned Soyuz launch since the October 11 failure that caused Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague to make an emergency landing minutes after liftoff.
Less than two minutes into that flight, one of the rocket's four external boosters failed to separate and accidentally struck the core stage of the rocket, sending it spinning out of control.
The two-man Soyuz MS-10 crew, NASA's Nick Hague and Roscosmos's Aleksey Ovchinin, did not make it to ISS that day, but they will get a second chance in February on Soyuz MS-12.
Some of the investigations they will conduct are sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory on the space station, which Congress designated in 2005 to maximize its use for improving quality of life on Earth.
After leaving Earth early yesterday morning, Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques has made his first communication from space.