New Space-Station Crew Launches From Kazakhstan

NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands launched to the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M craft at 8:16 a.m. EST on Wednesday from Kazakhstan. Watch the launch:

The trio completes Expedition 30, joining station Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin when they dock on Friday. Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin have been at the station since November. Watch their launch from Kazakhstan:

Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin are scheduled to return to Earth in March, and Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers will return home in May.

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