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Three blast off in Soyuz after ban on manned flights lifted


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Three blast off in Soyuz after ban on manned flights lifted

Russia’s Soyuz aircraft has successfully launched from the Kazakh steppes, carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station.

Two men onboard are Russian nationals blasting off for the first time. The other is an American who’s been to space before, but is taking his maiden voyage travelling on a Soyuz.

Monday’s launch marks the end of a three-month suspension of manned Soyuz flights after an unmanned aircraft crashed in August.

The new crew will take over from three other astronauts – an American, a Japanese and a Russian – who have been at the orbiting space station since June.

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