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Two new satellites join Europe’s fledgling navigation network

A Soyuz rocket soared into orbit after firing off a launch pad in the Amazon jungle Friday, deploying two satellites nearly 15,000 miles above Earth to expand Europe's Galileo system helping locate automobiles, airliners, and millions of other users around the world.

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    A workhorse Soyuz booster thundered to life and climbed into a dark Kazakh sky Friday, carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko on a four-orbit voyage to the International Space Station to kick off a marathon 342-day mission, the longest flight ever attempted by an American.
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    Confident in technical and procedural fixes implemented since a launch in August left two Galileo satellites in the wrong orbit, officials with Europe's navigation program say Friday's liftoff of two identical craft on a Soyuz rocket will try to fill the same slots in the fleet as targeted by last year's failed mission.
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    Three space station residents launched Friday from Kazakhstan, kicking off a nearly yearlong expedition to help plan for future voyages to Mars. The crew blasted off on a Soyuz rocket heading for the International Space Station at 1943 GMT (3:43 p.m. EDT). Docking occurred at 0136 GMT (9:36 p.m. EDT).
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    A Soyuz rocket lifted off Friday from a jungle spaceport in South America with two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation network. The four-hour launch sequence began with blastoff at 2146 GMT (5:46 p.m. EDT).
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    Two veteran spacemen embarking on a marathon yearlong mission in orbit must first sprint through a busy workday Friday -- suiting up for liftoff, climbing into their Soyuz spaceship, then flying to the International Space Station.
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    Follow the key events of the Soyuz rocket’s ascent into orbit from the Guiana Space Center with two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation system.
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    Shuttle veteran Scott Kelly first heard about NASA's plans to send an astronaut to the International Space Station for nearly a full year shortly after he completed his third space flight in 2011, a 159-day stay aboard the orbital lab complex.