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Countdown to blast-off: Soyuz arrives at launchpad

The Russian Soyuz spacecraft that's scheduled to blast off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday is now at the launch pad and has been raised into position. It's a process the technicians have carried out hundreds of times – but the

The Soyuz rocket is due to carry the 17th crew to the International Space Station, including the first South Korean in space, Yi So-yeon, the first second-generation cosmonaut Flight Commander Sergey Volkov – his father was also a cosmonaut – and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko.

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