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Manned Soyuz Capsule Reaches Space Station

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The Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M is launched to the International Space Station from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015.

The Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-14M is launched to the International Space Station from the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in Kazakhstan, early Thursday, July 23, 2015.

A Russian Soyuz capsule has landed at the International Space Station, after a two-month delay following the failure of an unmanned Russian cargo ship.

Officials said the capsule reached the orbiting laboratory Thursday, less than six hours after its launch from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan. Officials at the U.S. space agency NASA say the Soyuz orbited the Earth four times before docking at the space station.

Launch of the manned mission to the space station was delayed after the April failure of an unmanned cargo freighter that was supposed to deliver supplies to the ISS crew.

American Kjell Lindgren, Russian Oleg Kononenko, and Japan's Kimiya Yui join two Russians and an American aboard the space station: Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko, and Scott Kelly. NASA says all six crew members will remain on the space station until December.

Kelly and Kornienko are taking part in the first year-long mission aboard the space station, in an experiment designed to study the effects of long-term space flight on the human body. They are scheduled to return to Earth in March, after 342 days living in space.

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