American, Russian, Italian blast off into space

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MOSCOW (AP) – A Soyuz carrying an American, Russian and Italian has blasted off for the International Space Station, where they will spend six months conducting a variety of experiments.

The Soyuz spacecraft lifted off at 2:31 a.m. Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which Russia leases in Kazakhstan.

NASA’s Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and Italy’s Luca Parmitano will orbit the Earth four times before docking with the space station less than six hours after liftoff.   They will join three other people who have been aboard the station since late March. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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