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Blasting off at 4.36 a.m. GMT the upgraded modification of the Russia’s reliable stalwart, soon reached the orbit. On-board was a three-man international crew of Commander Anatoly Ivanishin, Japanese flight engineer Takuya Onishi and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins.
They are expected to dock with the International Space Station on Saturday morning, joining astronaut Jeffrey Williams and Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka.
The newly arriving crew will be part of Expeditions 48 and 49. They will remain at the orbital station until November.