Hadfield blasts off for space station

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, a crew member of the mission to the International Space Station, gestures prior to the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, today. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts has taken off atop a towering Russian rocket, headed for the International Space Station.

The Soyuz launched from Russia’s manned-space facility in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday (12:12 GMT) Wednesday.

American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canada’s Chris Hadfield will travel for two days in the capsule, before docking with the space station where three other astronauts are already on board.


Organizations: Soyuz, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, International Space Station

Geographic location: Kazakhstan, Russia, Canada

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  • Art Sesselman
    December 19, 2012 - 17:37

    Just-- congratulations to you and your fellow "nauts We are envious, but we are glad that you are finally able to enjoy the rewards of your past hard work. Have fun and be careful ..Best Art/Kate Sesselman

  • spellchecker
    December 19, 2012 - 11:53

    His name is Hadfield not Hatfield.