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Soyuz manned spaceship launched from Baikonur (video)

Source: ITAR-TASS

From Baikonur launch the spaceship

From Baikonur launch the spaceship “Soyuz-FG” with ISS crew

Spaceship is carrying Russian cosmonauts and American astronaut

BAIKONUR, March 26, 4:35 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Soyuz manned spaceship with an international crew of next long-duration expedition, the ISS-39/40, has been launched from Baikonur spaceport Wednesday.

Spaceship separated from the carrier rocket nine minutes later and reached the designated orbit, a source at the spaceport told Itar-Tass.

The spaceship Soyuz TMA-12M is carrying Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, and American astronaut Steve Swanson. They are to work in orbit for about five months.