Space launch in­cludes first trav­eler from Gulf ’s UAE

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

BAIKONUR, Kaza­khstan — An Amer­i­can, a Rus­sian and the first space flyer from the United Arab Emi­rates blasted off Wed­nes­day even­ing on a mis­sion to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

A Rus­sian Soyuz rocket lifted off from Kaza­khstan’s Baikonur Cos­mod­rome.

The ship car­ry­ing NASA as­tro­naut Jes­sica Meir, Oleg Skripochka of the Rus­sian space agency Roscos­mos and Haz­zaa al-Man­soori, a mil­i­tary pi­lot from the UAE, docked at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion about six hours later.

It was the third space­flight for Skripochka and the first for Meir and al-Man­soori, who was the first of two men cho­sen by the Gulf Arab na­tion to fly to the space sta­tion.

The trio will join two Rus­sians, three Amer­i­cans and an Ital­ian aboard the space sta­tion.

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