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Astronauts who survived Soyuz breakdown blast off to ISS

Astronauts who survived Soyuz breakdown blast off to ISS
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The two men are now flying with US astronaut Christina Koch after a successful lift-off from the Russian Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz MS-12 launched at 01:14 on Friday local time (19:14 GMT Thursday).

This is Mr Hague and Mr Ovchinin s first flight since the aborted launch last October.

That time, the rocket was forced to make an emergency landing two minutes after take-off because a sensor had been damaged while it was being built.

Image caption Nick Hague (top), Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin waved as they boarded the Soyuz MS-12

Live footage showed the men being shaken violently by the vibrating rocket as it broke down while flying. Then, the rocket s emergency escape system was triggered and the crew capsule detached from the rest of the spacecraft.

It landed hundreds of kilometres north-east of the Baikanour launch site, sparking a major rescue mission. Both men were unharmed.

Mr Ovchinin, 47, told reporters before the latest launch that the rocket was now in good shape, although a small fault had been discovered during its final checks on Tuesday. As a result, some components had needed to be replaced.
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