October 12, 2008

New Crew, Space Tourist Launched to Iss From Baikonur

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - A Russian launch vehicle, Soyuz- FG, carrying the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, blasted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, an Interfax-AVN correspondent reported from the launch site.

The Soyuz TMA-13 is carrying Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and the sixth space tourist Richard Garriott.

"The launch was successful. In about nine minutes the rocket will put the spacecraft into an earth orbit," a spokesman for the Energia space corporation told Interfax-AVN.

The crew's journey to the International Space Station

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