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Russian-American Trio Heads For ISS

Soyuz Spacecraft Blasts Off For ISS
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A Soyuz spacecraft with an international crew is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Russian rocket blasted off on October 23 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

It is carrying two Russian cosmonauts -- Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin -- and U.S. astronaut Kevin Ford.

They'll spend more than four months on the space station and perform more than 50 experiments.

The rocket is also carrying equipment and supplies.

The three men will join the current ISS crew members from Russia, the United States, and Japan.

That crew is to return to Earth on November 12.

Based on reporting by AFP, Interfax, Reuters, and ITAR-TASS