After safety scare, astronauts, cosmonaut again ready to blast off
Workplace safety can be especially challenging when the workplace is…space.
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are set to launch to the International Space Station on Monday, despite a rocket malfunction less than two months ago than forced them to abort a mission.
News sources say the three will travel aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket that will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Monday morning.
It was a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned shortly after its launch on Oct. 11, causing an emergency return to earth. That incident is expected to bring extra scrutiny to Monday’s launch.
An investigation by the Russian space agency Roscosmos that was conducted jointly with NASA reportedly found that a faulty sensor was to blame for the mishap.
NASA will live-stream the liftoff beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST, followed by live coverage at 11:45 a.m. of the Soyuz capsule as it docks with the space station.