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Soyuz spacecraft takes three astronauts on holiday to the ISS

Almaty : Kazakhstan | Dec 22, 2011 at 12:11 AM PST
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A Soyuz rocket spacecraft is positioned on the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome,

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft TMA-03M took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in Russia carrying three astronauts to the ISS – the three are an American Don Pettit of NASA, a Russian Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers, a Dutch. They are a part of the ESA and would join the other three already on the ISS.

Daniel Burbank of NASA and flight engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia, the three members who are already onboard ISS, have decorated the interiors to welcome the newcomers and enjoy the festive season.

This latest batch would remain in the ISS for five months and would return back to Earth in May 2012.

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Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers (centre) waves as he walks before boarding the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft
Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers (centre) waves as he walks before boarding the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft
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