As per the official reports declared yet, Russian built Soyuz Capsule along with the 3 crew members have reached International Space Station safely late Thursday, in spite of the fact that a jammed solar array that failed to set up just 6 hours before its launch.
The Russian Soyuz (TMA-14M) spaceship reached on the station at10:11pm EDT, while the two spaceships navigated above the Pacific Ocean. The Soyuz took 3 crew members along, one is American astronaut, and the other 2 are Russian cosmonauts, including Elena Serova, who is believed to be the first ever female cosmonaut to reach at the International Space Station.
Certainly, the Russian Soyuz is the spaceship, having the capacity of 3-persons, made of a crew capsule, module and service module motorized by two wing-like solar arrays. At first, The Russian engineers were quite worried about the jammed solar array, which if not mended, will block the radiator and would probably increase the temperature of the Soyuz. Though, the NASA’s reported that, the crew members told all was okay.
Moreover, the Soyuz has sufficient power in order to land smoothly. One of the crew member told during landing, “Though, the solar array wasn’t functioning well, but the power is fine. We are eating, drinking and in a good spirits. All goes well as it needs to be.”
The landing of the Soyuz happened just hours after the launch of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where Serova and her crewmates (Barry “Butch” Wilmore and cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev) offer goodbye to Earth to begin a nearly six-month space mission.
On the other hand, Trio coupled three other space travelers already on board the station: astronaut Reid Wiseman of NASA; Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency; and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suarev, who controls the station’s Expedition 41 crew.
“We have watched the live video of the launch and also captured the picture of the takeoff from space that was posted on Twitter,” Wiseman and his Expedition 41 crew members told.
NASA’s officials also broadcasted the radioed message of Wiseman’s through NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, “That’s feel like a good ride, though we are waiting to see them in orbit, and we will arrange the dinner for them too.”