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.