A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew, including a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut who will be the first to spend an entire year on the International Space Station, blasted off on schedule Friday, Russian mission control said.
The Soyuz-TMA16M spacecraft took off at 22:42 pm Moscow time (1942 GMT) from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is headed for the International Space Station. "The flight is normal," mission control said seconds after the launch.
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