A Soyuz rocket blasted off with an international crew of three toward the International Space Station on Sunday in a mission testing the reliability of Russia's crisis-prone space programme.
Astronauts Yuri Malenchenko (C) of Russia, Sunita Williams (R) of the US and Akihiko Hoshide (L) of Japan during a sending-off ceremony before the launch of the the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on July 15. The trio started their journey on top of the Soyuz-FG rocket under the clear blue sky of the Kazakh steppe on schedule at 0240 GMT.
NASA's Sunita Williams and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide and Yury Malenchenko of Russia started their journey on top of the Soyuz-FG under the open skies of the Kazakh steppe on schedule and without a hitch.
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