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.
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.
A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) after a two-day voyage. The expedition is slated to last 115 days.
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