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US-Russian crew of two heads to ISS

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By Catherine Hardy  with AP
US-Russian crew of two heads to ISS

A Soyuz space capsule has blasted off for the International Space Station.

It carries an American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut.

NASA’s Jack Fischer and Russia’s Fyodor Yurchikhin lifted off from the launch facility in Kazakhstan.

It is a six-hour journey to the space station in orbit.

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