ASTRONAUTS BLAST OFF TO SPACE STATION
A Soyuz space capsule successfully blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday, carrying an American astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut and an Italian astronaut.
NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Russia’s Sergei Ryazansky and Italy’s Paolo Nespoli lifted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan shortly after sunset Friday. They were expected to travel six hours before docking at the space station.
The three will join NASA’s Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, as well as veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. The incoming crew will contribute to more than 250 experiments conducted at the orbiting lab.