Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques joins crew at space station.
Saint-Jacques, 48, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and American astronaut Anne McClain are on a mission that is scheduled to last 6½months.
The trio entered the International Space Station after spending nearly eight hours in their tiny capsule.
During a brief conversation with family members on the ground at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan, Saint-Jacques said he was completely astounded by everything he had seen.
Speaking in French, he described his first sunrise seen from space as “breathtaking” and said it’s just the beginning of the discoveries ahead of him.
Saint-Jacques, Kononenko and McClain launched into space from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday at 7:31 a.m. ATL. They docked with the station at 11:33 p.m. (12:33 p.m. ET). The families of the crew, other astronauts and space officials from several nations breathed a sigh of relief after observing the flawless launch, with October’s Soyuz rocket failure still on the minds of many.
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