A Russian space rocket with American, British and Russian astronauts on board successfully blasted off Tuesday for the International Space Station, the European Space Agency said.

The Soyuz space capsule took off from a Russian launch facility in Kazakhstan with Timothy Kapra (United States), Timothy Peake (United Kingdom) and Yuri Malenchenko (Russia).

The trio will join Russians Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Korniyenko, and American Scott Kelly, already on the space station.

The journey was expected to last about six-and-a-half hours. Once there, they will spend about six months in space conducting research and scientific experiments.

Peake, 43, is the first British astronaut to work full-time for a space program… see more

source: usatoday