Nasa, the Soyuz spacecraft took off with two Russians and one American: in orbit in just three hours

Take-off from the space launch pad in Kazakhstan – LaPresse /Courier TV

US astronaut Kathleen Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Svertchkov took off this morning for the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. The two Roskosmos cosmonauts and the NASA astronaut took off as agreed at 5:45 GMT from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, according to images from the two space agencies. The Russian space agency specifies on Twitter that the spacecraft “has successfully positioned itself in orbit.” The journey should take just over three hours. “On board, everything is fine, we are fine,” said the crew of astronauts.

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