Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, French-born European Space Agency flight engineer Thomas Pesquet and veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson put on their Sokol spacesuits, boarded their Soyuz capsule and blasted into orbit Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The trio began a two-day pursuit of the International Space Station at 2020 GMT (3:20 p.m. EST) Thursday, or 2:20 a.m. local time Friday on a frigid night at Baikonur.
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A launch video replay from Roscosmos and launch day images from Russian and U.S. photographers are posted below.
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