Putin is relieved that the Soyuz rocket has blasted off from the new cosmodrome. The Vostochny spaceport cost billions of euros. But Russia's biggest prestige project was almost derailed in the construction stage.
Two Americans and one Russian have left Earth to start their five-month tenure aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz capsule is also carrying a model of the first-ever artificial satellite, Sputnik.
Russia's president has admonished space program executives and government officials for the late launch of a rocket. However, he congratulated cosmodrome workers for a successful second attempt.
One American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts have left Earth and are headed to join the crew of the ISS. Their journey is expected to take two days.
Three astronauts have taken off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome heading for the International Space Station (ISS) in an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft. The three are US, Japanese and Russian citizens.
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