US-Russian crew blasts off to International Space Station



BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian-American crew of three has blasted off to the Worldwide Area Station, making a second attempt to succeed in the outpost after October’s aborted launch. A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA…

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian-American crew of three has blasted off to the Worldwide Area Station, making a second try to succeed in the outpost after October’s aborted launch.

A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch along with Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as planned from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:14 a.m. Friday (1914 GMT Thursday). They are set to dock on the area station in about six hours.

On Oct. 11, a Soyuz that Hague and Ovchinin have been driving in failed two minutes into its flight, activating a rescue system that allowed their capsule to land safely. That accident was the first aborted crew launch for the Russian area program since 1983, when two Soviet cosmonauts safely jettisoned after a launch pad explosion.

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