Trio of astronauts safely lifts off for the Space Station

Following a two-month delay, three astronauts lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 5:02 pm EDT (3:02 am local Baikonur time). The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft carried the crew—NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, JAXA astronaut Kimiya Yuri, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko—safely into space.

The crew will complete four orbits of the Earth before docking with the International Space Station (ISS) at 10:46pm EDT. Less than two hours later, at 12:25am EDT, the Soyuz hatch will open and the...

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