US-Russian crew of two heads to ISS

US-Russian crew of two heads to ISS
By Catherine Hardy with AP
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A Soyuz space capsule has blasted off for the International Space Station. An American astronaut making his first space flight and a veteran Russian cosmonaut are on board.

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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.

A call from Donald Trump

On Monday, Station commander Peggy Whitson is due to beat the 534-day record for cumulative time spent in space by a US astronaut.

She will be called by President Donald Trump.

In tweets

#1team, 2 happy guys, & a whole bunch of spring blooms! #SoyuzMS04 Crew is ready to launch tomorrow! Поехали! pic.twitter.com/JsQ2gsmdFS

— Jack Fischer (@Astro2fish) 19 avril 2017

Check out this super cool video of our rocket rolling by, thanks to AstroKomrade</a> being a GoPro superstar! <a href="https://t.co/BaxYLEPp4k">pic.twitter.com/BaxYLEPp4k</a></p>&mdash; Jack Fischer (Astro2fish) 18 avril 2017

Wicked cool = understatement. AstroKomrade</a> does it again to give us sweet view of business end while they rotate Argo into launch position! <a href="https://t.co/c9mbcQPVmp">pic.twitter.com/c9mbcQPVmp</a></p>&mdash; Jack Fischer (Astro2fish) 18 avril 2017

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