Soyuz rocket heads to space station

Last updated 16:02 15/07/2012
Reuters

Raw footage of astronauts from Russia, Japan and the US blasting off for the International Space Station.

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and US astronaut Sunita Williams blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome.
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GOING UP: A Soyuz spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and US astronaut Sunita Williams blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

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A Russian Soyuz craft has launched into the morning skies over Kazakhstan carrying three astronauts on their way to the international space station.

Nasa astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Japan's Akihito Hoshide will travel two days before reaching their three colleagues already at the permanent space outpost.

Family members and colleagues watched today's (NZ time) launch from an observation platform in the Russian-leased cosmodrome in the dry southern steppes of this sprawling Central Asian nation.

The space station, which orbits up to 410 kilometres above the earth, is bracing to handle an unprecedented level of traffic.

Japan’s HTV3 cargo ship will dock with the space station next week and will be the first of nine craft making contact with the orbiting satellite over a 17-day span.

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