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Mutinational three-member crew heads for Space Station in next generation Soyuz capsule

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By Euronews
Mutinational three-member crew heads for Space Station in next generation Soyuz capsule

<p>A three member multinational crew has blasted off from<br /> Kazakhstan on the debut flight of a next generation Russian Soyuz capsule, headed for the International Space Station.</p> <p><span class="caps">NASA</span> astronaut Kathleen Rubins, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi are due to arrive at the station on Friday at the start of a 4 month mission.</p> <p><span class="caps">NASA</span> hopes to resume flying astronauts from the United States in 2018 aboard capsules under development by Boeing Co and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.</p>