A Soyuz capsule with a three-man crew blasted off for the International Space Station from the Russian manned launch facility in Baikonur, Wednesday.
The launch started at 03:17 local time (21:17 GMT Tuesday) and entered orbit nine minutes later, with the craft scheduled to dock with the orbiting laboratory six hours later.
The Soyuz is carrying two American astronauts and one Russian... Еще cosmonaut, including NASA's Joe Acaba who is making his third trip into space and Russian Alexander Misurkin on his second.
For American Mark Vande Hei, it is his first voyage, with all three scheduled to stay on board the space station for around five and a half months.
The three will join Russia's Sergei Ryazanski, American Randy Bresnik and Italy's Paolo Nespoli, who have been aboard the station since late July.
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