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Soyuz MS-09 Spacecraft Enters Orbit with Next ISS Commanders

World | Associated Press | June 7, 2018, 12:09 pm
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 A trio of astronauts from Russia, the United States and the European Space Agency blasted off Wednesday for a mission on the International Space Station. (Image: AP)

A trio of astronauts from Russia, the United States and the European Space Agency blasted off Wednesday for a mission on the International Space Station. (Image: AP)

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 A Russian spacecraft carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos and the ESA's Alexander Gerst, from Germany, lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket at 1612 local time (1112 GMT). (Image: AP)

A Russian spacecraft carrying Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos and the ESA's Alexander Gerst, from Germany, lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket at 1612 local time (1112 GMT). (Image: AP)

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 The Soyuz MS-09 ship has successfully entered a designated orbit and is set to dock at the space outpost. (Image: AP)

The Soyuz MS-09 ship has successfully entered a designated orbit and is set to dock at the space outpost. (Image: AP)

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 The three astronauts will join Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are currently on the station. (Image: AP)

The three astronauts will join Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, who are currently on the station. (Image: AP)

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 The mission program includes 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology. (Image: AP)

The mission program includes 250 experiments in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology. (Image: AP)

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 Roscosmos said its chief Dmitry Rogozin met at Baikonur with U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, who attended the launch. (Image: AP)

Roscosmos said its chief Dmitry Rogozin met at Baikonur with U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, who attended the launch. (Image: AP)

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 The agency said in a statement that the continuing cooperation in space could help repair the strained relationship between the U.S. and Russia. (Image: AP)

The agency said in a statement that the continuing cooperation in space could help repair the strained relationship between the U.S. and Russia. (Image: AP)

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 Relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. (Image: AP)

Relations between Moscow and Washington have plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. (Image: AP)

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