Sep 25, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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As tensions grow between America and Russia, there’s hope for a more peaceful journey of co-operation – in space.

A U.S.- Russian crew has blasted off successfully, for  a mission aboard the International Space Station.

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft lifted off at 2:25 a.m. Friday (4:25 p.m. EDT) from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

It was carrying NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore – along with Russians Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova – for a six-month stay at the station.

The Soyuz crew will join an international crew of three – currently manning the ISS.

Serova is the first Russian woman to fly to space since 1997, and the fourth woman in the history of the Soviet and Russian space programs.

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963.

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