Baikonur, Kazakhstan — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, following the first manned launch since a failed launch in October. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of Nasa and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier in the day. They successfully docked at the ISS on schedule at 5.36pm GMT to begin an expected six and a half months aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said via Twitter. It was the first manned voyage for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing. They escaped unharmed but the failed launch — the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history — raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme. The Soyuz is the onl...

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