Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Three astronauts, an American, Canadian and Russian, are en route to the International Space Station after the first manned Soyuz mission since October's failure launched from Kazakhstan on Monday.
The Soyuz MS-11 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:31 a.m. ET, 5:31 p.m. local time.
"Welcome to Space!" NASA announced on Twitter. "The trio is now safely in orbit and solar arrays have successfully deployed on their Soyuz spacecraft. They will now embark on six-hour chase-down of the @Space_Station."
NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Konenenko are expected to arrive at the space station early Monday afternoon. Docking is scheduled for 12:36 p.m ET.
The hatch will be opened and the trio of astronauts will enter the space station to fanfare shortly afterwards.
NASA TV will stream live coverage of the hatch opening and welcome ceremony. Coverage will begin at 1:45 p.m. ET.
The three new crew members will live and work on the space station for the next six-and-a-half months. Later this week, the trio will assist in the docking of a cargo resupply spacecraft.
SpaceX's Dragon capsule is scheduled to launch on Dec. 4. The cargo vessel will deliver dozens of science experiments, as well as supplies and technology upgrades for the space station.
Monday's blastoff was the first manned launch since astronauts were forced to abort their Soyuz capsule in October after a sensor failed. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin ejected from their spacecraft and parachuted to safety shortly before the Soyuz rocket crash landed.