Photos Of The Day: Soyuz Capsule Blasts Off For International Space Station

The Russian capsule has launched the beginning of a two-day trip to the ISS.

(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)
(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A Russian space capsule has launched at the beginning of a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The Soyuz capsule atop a towering Russian rocket blasted off at 7:36 a.m. Thursday (0136 GMT) from Russia's manned space-launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

It carried Russian Anatoly Ivanshin, NASA's Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi of the Japanese space agency JAXA.

(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)(Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The launch appeared flawless and the spacecraft entered orbit about 10 minutes after liftoff. The capsule is to dock with the orbiting space laboratory on Saturday.

(From left) Expedition 48-49 crew members Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi pose for a group photograph following the crew press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)(From left) Expedition 48-49 crew members Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi pose for a group photograph following the crew press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The crew will join American Jeff Williams and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin, who have been aboard since March.

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