RAW: Soyuz rocket carrying three crew members blasts off for ISS

Russia on Wednesday successfully launched its Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying three crew members to the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian State Corporation Roscosmos said.

The launch of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the spacecraft took place at 11:05 a.m. Moscow time (0805 GMT) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Roscosmos said.

The spacecraft’s crew includes three members — two Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko, as well as U.S. astronaut Shane Kimbrough.

The spacecraft is expected to dock with the ISS at 1000 GMT on Friday, Roskosmos said.

The launch of the spacecraft was postponed in September due to technical problems.

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