Russia's Soyuz MS-24 Spaceship Launches to ISS From Baikonur
© Sputnik / RoscosmosIn this handout photo released by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, Soyuz 2.1a rocket booster with Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft is prepared for launch on a launchpad, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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The rocket is expected to follow an ultra-short flight route, making only two loops around the Earth which will take about three hours.
Sputnik brings you a live broadcast from the Baikonur spaceport where the Soyuz MS-24 rocket is getting ready to be launched to carry two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) at 17:45 (Moscow time) on Friday.
Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub are expected to spend more than a year at the ISS, while their colleague, NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, will be staying at the ISS for six months.
After it is launched, the rocket is expected to follow an ultra-short flight route making only two loops around the Earth which will take about three hours.
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