News Brief: Russia launched a Soyuz rocket from its Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today, sending two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station. Russia’s Oleg Artemyev and NASA’s Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold are due to dock with the orbital outpost at 12:41 p.m. PT Friday. They’ll join Russian station commander Anton Shkaplerov, NASA’s Scott Tingle and Japan’s Norishige Kanai. The freshly launched trio will spend more than five months in orbit.
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