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Soyuz MS-12 launch, docking


NASA astronaut Christina Koch, left, Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, center, and NASA astronaut Nick Hague stand pose for a photo in front of their Soyuz MS-12 capsule during pre-flight inspections on March 10. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

NASA astronaut Christina Koch, left, Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, center, and NASA astronaut Nick Hague stand pose for a photo in front of their Soyuz MS-12 capsule during pre-flight inspections on March 10. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Soyuz MS-12 launched three people to the International Space Station: Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin as well as NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch. They linked up with the outpost’s Rassvet module and joined already-aboard Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain as part of Expedition 59.

Ovchinin and Hague are on their second attempt to fly to the space station. Their first ended in an in-flight abort of their Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft during ascent on Oct. 11, 2018.

Liftoff atop a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome occurred at 19:14 UTC March 14, 2019. Following a roughly nine-minute ascent, the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft and its crew will began a 4-orbit rendezvous profile, docking with the space station some 6 hours later.

Mission details

Launch site: Pad 1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch date: 19:14 UTC March 14, 2019
Rocket: Soyuz-FG
Crew size: 3
Planned mission duration: 204 days
Docking date: 01:01 UTC March 15, 2019
Docking location: Rassvet module


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