Three veteran space fliers rode a Soyuz rocket into orbit Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, heading to the International Space Station for a five-month stay.
Soyuz commander Oleg Artemyev, flanked by NASA flight engineer Drew Feustel and astronaut Ricky Arnold, were aboard the Soyuz MS-08 spaceship for liftoff at 1744 GMT (1:44 p.m. EST; 11:44 p.m. Baikonur time) Wednesday.
The Russian-made ship arrived in orbit around nine minutes later, beginning a two-day trek to the space station, where the trio will join three others to raise the lab’s crew complement back to six.
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