Trio blast off to space station

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Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko have blasted off on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth.

The trip is Nasa’s first stab at a one-year spaceflight, anticipating Mars expeditions that would last two to three years.

Their Soyuz space capsule set off from Russia’s manned space launch facility on the steppes of Kazakhstan and will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) several hours later.

Gennady Padalka of Russia also is aboard. He is scheduled for the standard six-month tour of duty aboard the space station.

Published: Friday 27th March 2015 by The News Editor

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