Two Rookie Astronauts, Cosmonaut Blast Off To Worldwide Area Station

Two Rookie Astronauts, Cosmonaut Blast Off To International Space Station

The trio is heading for a six-month mission on the Worldwide Area Station

Baikonur, Kazakhstan:  A 3-man area crew that includes American and Japanese rookie astronauts in addition to an skilled Russian cosmonaut blasted off on Sunday for a six-month mission on the Worldwide Area Station.

Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company powered into the sky in a Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:21 pm (0721 GMT), in line with footage aired by the Russian area company.

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