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Soyuz rocket carrying crew of 3 blast off from Baikonur

7 months 3 days 22 hours ago October 19, 2016 Oct 19, 2016 Wednesday, October 19 2016 October 19, 2016 6:59 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A Soyuz rocket carrying two Russians and an American has blasted off for the International Space Station.

The crew of Roscosmos Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough lifted off as scheduled from the Russian-operated Baikonur launch facility in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 2:05 p.m. local time (0805 GMT) today.

The Soyuz MS-02 space capsule is set to dock at the space outpost on Friday.

The capsule successfully reached the designated orbit about nine minutes after the launch. Space officials said its systems were working flawlessly and the crew was feeling fine.

The launch was originally set for Sept. 23, but it was postponed because of a technical issue with the Soyuz spacecraft that was eventually fixed.

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