Russia sends astronauts back to space

Two Russians and an American blasted off to the orbiting laboratory on a Soyuz-FG rocket, Russia’s first manned mission since the failed launch of the unmanned Progress supply ship in August temporarily grounded its Soyuz rockets.

The launch had originally been scheduled for September 22, and the delay had forced a wholesale rejig of the staffing of the space station. Russia’s last manned launch was on June 7.

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