Russian Capsule Heads for Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) crew members Yuri Malenchenko of Russia (front), Timothy Kopra of the U.S. (R) and Timothy Peake of Britain, walk after donning space suits at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, December 15, 2015, before travelling on board the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
International Space Station (ISS) crew members before travelling aboard the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) - A Russian space capsule carrying three astronauts from the United States, Britain and Russia has blasted off for the International Space Station.

The Soyuz capsule is scheduled to dock at the orbiting laboratory at 8:23 p.m. Moscow time (1723 GMT) Tuesday, about six-and-a-half hours after it lifted off from the Russian manned space launch facility in the Kazakh Steppes.

Aboard are Russian Yuri Malenchenko, Timothy Kopra of NASA, and Briton Timothy Peake who represents the EuropeanSpace Agency.

The astronauts on this mission will spend six months aboard the space station. Already on board are Russians Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Korniyenko, along with American Scott Kelly. The latter two have been on the space station since March and are on a year-long mission.