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Russian Rocket Blasts Off to Space Station

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian - leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, May 29, 2014.

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-13M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian - leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, May 29, 2014.

A Russian Soyuz rocket taking a multinational crew to the International Space Station has blasted off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA's Reid Wiseman, Russian cosmonaut Max Surayev and German Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency were set to arrive at the orbiting station less than six hours later and remain there for six months.

They will join two Russians and an American who have been at the station since March.

The Russian and U.S. space agencies have continued to cooperate despite friction between the two countries over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. NASA depends on the Russian spacecraft to ferry crews to the space station.
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