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Russian rocket carries three astronauts into space

4:15 p.m. UPDATE: The launch was nominal, and the crew expects to rendezvous with the space station at around 10 p.m. tonight.

ORIGINAL ENTRY: This afternoon, half way around the world in Kazakhstan, a Russian spacecraft will launch at 4:02 p.m. CT carrying three people to the International Space Station.

Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Kimiya Yui of JAXA and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos are the three crew members, who will bring the station up to its full complement of six. This particular launch has been delayed due to problems with Russia’s Progress spacecraft.

Today will be the 52nd launch of this variant of the Soyuz rocket, which first flew in 2001 and is based on technology half a century old.

NASA will remain reliant upon Russia to reach the station until at least 2017, when SpaceX or Boeing is expected to have a replacement vehicle ready to fly from U.S. soil.

I wrote a lot more about the U.S.-Russia relationship in space in my Adrift series, in this story.

Russian rocket carries three astronauts into space - SciGuy

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