|arya||Date: Thursday, 27-March-2014, 10:13 AM | Message # 1|
|Soyuz Launch: Three astronauts head to International Space Station |
The night sky over the world's largest space launch facility was lit up on Tuesday as a Soyuz rocket launched one astronaut and two cosmonauts to the International Space Station. From the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the trio will ride inside the rocket for about six hours, orbiting the Earth four times before they reach the space station. After docking they'll join the three astronauts currently manning the station, who are due to return to Earth in May. The International Space Station, which currently flies at about 260 miles above Earth, has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since Novemeber 2000. Tuesday's crew will then make their own return mission back home in September. Report by Claire Lomas.