Russia's Soyuz space ship carrying three cosmonauts have docked with International Space Station amid heightened geopolitical tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine.
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency successfully blasted off to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, for a six-and-a-half months mission.
The three astronauts lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a two-day trip to the International Space Station and will join three more astronauts who have been there since September.
Two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan for a five-month mission to the International Space Station.
Only seven Russian men have logged more cumulative time in space than Peggy Whitson's career-total of 665 days in orbit. She also holds the record for the most time spent spacewalking by a woman.
Russian Soyuz capsule, carrying three astronauts will dock at the International Space Station to begin a four-month mission. It is currently the only vehicle capable of ferrying crew members to and from the station.
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