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UPDATED: 10:59, March 30, 2006
Soyuz with crew of three blasts off toward ISS
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Russia's Soyuz spacecraft carrying a crew of three blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 06:30, Moscow time, on Thursday, toward the International Space Station, Mission Control Center spokesman Valery Lyndin told Itar-Tass.

The Soyuz TMA-8 will bring to the ISS the crew of the 13th main mission - Russian Pavel Vinogradov and American Jeffrey Williams -- will work at the ISS for six months.

The third chair in the Soyuz's cabin is occupied by the first Brazilian astronaut Marcus Pontes. He will carry out a series of scientific experiments and return to the Earth in ten days, together with the 12th crew -- Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and US astronaut William MacArthur -- who have been working in orbit since October last year.

Soyuz TMA-8 is expected to dock with the ISS at 08:19, Moscow time, on April 1.

Source: Agencies

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