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Three astronauts blast off for International Space Station

6 months 19 hours 22 minutes ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 December 17, 2017 10:54 AM December 17, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station.
  
The Soyuz capsule with Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle launched at 1:23 p.m. (2:23 a.m. EST) Sunday from Russia's manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It entered orbit nine minutes later.
  
It is the first space flight for Tingle and Kanai; Shkaplerov is on his third mission to the ISS.
  
The capsule is to dock on Tuesday with the orbiting space laboratory. The three 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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