Friday, April 02, 2010

Russian rocket on its way to space station

Two Russians and an American are headed toward the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.

It launched at 12:04 a.m. from Russia's storied Baikonur Cosmodrome in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.

On board are California native Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a former shuttle pilot, and Russian Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko.

The crew is expected to reach the International Space Station early Easter Sunday.
They are scheduled to be there until mid-September.

Greeting them when they get there will be current ISS commander Oleg Kotov of Russia, as well as Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and American Timothy (T.J.) Creamer.

The number of people at the space station will more than double when space shuttle Discovery and its seven-person crew arrives next week.

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