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.