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PhotoBlog: Russian Soyuz spacecraft takes a train to launchpad

A new trio of International Space Station residents, Expedition 29 Flight Engineers Dan Burbank, Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:14 p.m. Full story

Russian spaceship carries crew to space station

Two Russian cosmonauts and an American crewmate blasted off together early Tuesday on a flight to the International Space Station, nearly 50 years after the first manned spaceship went into orbit from the same launch pad. Full story

Space agencies argue over delayed launch

The delay of a rocket launch from a Russian-leased launch pad in southern Kazakhstan sparked a testy exchange Tuesday between the two ex-Soviet nations' space authorities. Full story

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