Picture of the Day: A New Crew Heads Into Orbit

By Rebecca J. Rosen

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Today, at 10:14 AM in Kazakhstan (11:14 PM EST last night), three astronauts -- American Dan Burbank and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin -- lifted off amid heavy snow from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They are scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station, orbiting around Earth, late Tuesday night (EST). The current crew, Mike Fossum of NASA, Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, will leave the space station next week. Today's launch had originally been scheduled for September, but was delayed after an unmanned Russian cargo ship, intended to bring supplies to the astronauts in orbit, crashed back to Earth in August.

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Image: Reuters.

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