Astronauts Blast-off for International Space Station
A capsule carrying 3 astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a 2-day journey to the International Space Station.
The Soyuz capsule with Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle launched at 1:23 p.m. (0723 GMT; 2:23a EST) Sunday from Russia’s manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered orbit nine minutes later.
It is the 1st space flight for Tingle and Kanai; Shkaplerov is on his 3rd mission to the ISS.
The capsule is to dock Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory.
The 3 will join Russia’s Alexander Misurkin and Joe Acaba and Mark Vandde Hei of NASA, who have been aboard since September.
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