International Crew Blasts Off For Space Station

A veteran Russian cosmonaut, a rookie Italian astronaut and an American mother on her second flight blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday for a six-hour ride to the International Space Station.
The Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off at 4:31 p.m. EDT (2031 GMT), streaking through clear, pre-dawn skies in Kazakhstan as it headed into orbit, a NASA TV broadcast showed.
In command of the Soyuz capsule was cosmonaut Fyodor  Yurchikhin, 54, who …

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