BREAKING NEWS
This content is not available in your region

Long mission begins for astronaut and two cosmonauts on ISS

Comments
Long mission begins for astronaut and two cosmonauts on ISS
Text size Aa Aa

It is the start of a long mission in space for a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts.

The three men blasted off in a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday.

Their mission is on the International Space Station, where two of the men will stay for a year.

This is twice as long as previous crews.

The mission is a chance for scientists to see how humans cope in space for so long.

This is particularly important for any future planning of multi-year missions to Mars.