Final preparations have begun in Kazakhstan ahead of the launch of a spacecraft on Friday (March 27).
Soyuz TMA-16M will take NASA’s Scott Kelly and Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko to the International Space Station Station (ISS), where they are due to stay for a year.
NASA and Russia have doubled the length of time astronauts stay at ISS in a bid to learn more about how the human body responds to long stays in space.
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Several dozen Siberian sports fans gathered on Saturday (February 18) in a snow-covered field outside the city of Irkutsk to take part in a dog sled race.