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Kazakhstan: Soyuz rocket successfully launches on its mission to the ISS02:17

Kazakhstan: Soyuz rocket successfully launches on its mission to the ISS

Kazakhstan, Baikonur
December 15, 2015 at 11:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) blasted off on their journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Peake is the first ever British astronaut to travel to ISS and only the second Briton in space, following in the footsteps of Helen Sharman, who left Earth in 1991 after she won a competition to travel to the Mir Space Station.

The new crew members are going to stay on the ISS for six months and on their arrival they will be greeted by NASA's Scott Kelly and Roscosmos' Mikhail Kornienko and Sergei Volkov.

Kelly, Kornienko and Volkov are expected to return to Earth in March 2016 after spending a year in orbit. By this time Expedition 46 crew members will take over operations and experiments in biology, physical science and biotechnology on the Space station.

Kazakhstan: Soyuz rocket successfully launches on its mission to the ISS02:17
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NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) blasted off on their journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Peake is the first ever British astronaut to travel to ISS and only the second Briton in space, following in the footsteps of Helen Sharman, who left Earth in 1991 after she won a competition to travel to the Mir Space Station.

The new crew members are going to stay on the ISS for six months and on their arrival they will be greeted by NASA's Scott Kelly and Roscosmos' Mikhail Kornienko and Sergei Volkov.

Kelly, Kornienko and Volkov are expected to return to Earth in March 2016 after spending a year in orbit. By this time Expedition 46 crew members will take over operations and experiments in biology, physical science and biotechnology on the Space station.