BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | US, Russian astronauts blast off to space station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A duo of astronauts from the U.S. and Russia has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos‘ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz booster rocket. Their Soyuz spacecraft will dock at the orbiting outpost six hours later.
It’s the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013.