Two NASA astronauts, alongside a Russian cosmonaut, blasted off in the Soyuz MS-12 yesterday, before reaching the low-Earth orbit satellite. Nick Hague and his Russian colleague Alexey Ovchinin were on the rocket when it malfunctioned in mid-air on 11 October. This time, they successfully left the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, alongside US astronaut Christina Koch.
The takeoff, alongside the build-up and entire flight, was captured on a NASA live stream.
However, eagled-eyed conspiracists noticed something strange.
Three days before the spacecraft reached the ISS, an unidentified object was seen flying below the space station.
Moving from left to right, at some pace, it appeared to have a red glow to it.
It was quickly shared on YouTube, where the uploader questioned if it could be a UFO or satellite.
However, there has been no official confirmation.
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 takeoff because a sensor had been damaged while it was being built.
Live footage showed the men being shaken violently by the vibrating rocket as it broke down while flying.
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 thankfully 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.
“There are no problems,” he told reporters.
Mr Hague, 43, added that he was “100% confident in the rocket and the spaceship”.