The Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft took up position at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday ahead of the launch planned for Thursday.

The carrier rocket will take Expedition 59-60, comprising NASA cosmonauts Nik Hague and Christina Koch, as well as Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, to the ISS.

Hague and Ovchinin were forced to abort their Soyuz MS-10 mission to the ISS on 11 October 2018 when one of the first stage boosters on their rocket failed around two minutes after launch. They both landed safely following ballistic re-entry.

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