Soyuz rocket blasts off to the ISS from Kazakhstan

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A Soyuz rocket was successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) set off on their journey to the International Space Station (ISS), where they are expected to stay for the next six months. Peake is the first-ever British astronaut to travel to the ISS and only the second Briton in space. The new crewmembers will join NASA’s Scott Kelly and Roscosmos’s Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov aboard the ISS.