NASA will keep using Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to deliver its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021 fiscal year that starts on October 1, NASA said it its 2021 budget request summary, published on Monday.
Despite the lightning strike, the launch was successful and the GLONASS satellite continued its launch into orbit.
The Soyuz MS-12 took off at 1914 GMT, as planned, and is due to bring Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and U.S. astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch to the International Space Station around eight hours later.
„So, Nick Hague starts his mission on March 14 (2019) on the Soyuz MS-12 and returns to Earth on Dec. 18 on the Soyuz MS-13, while Andrew Morgan will travel to the orbital station on Soyuz MS-13 on July 6 and will return on Soyuz MS-15 in April 2020“, the source said.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were on board the spacecraft, which was scheduled to dock to the International Space Station (ISS) later in the day.
A Soyuz-FG rocket launched the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with International Space Station Expedition 57-58 crew members, NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on 11 October 2018, at 08:40 UTC (14:40 local time). Due to a booster error, the spacecraft entered a ballistic descend and the crew landed in Kazakhstan. Credits: NASA/Roscosmos