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Three launched for rendezvous with space station

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 8:49 PM EDT, Sun July 15, 2012
The Soyuz TMA-05M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday in Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz TMA-05M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday in Kazakhstan.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Spacecraft is launched in Kazakhstan
  • Soyuz spacecraft taking three crew members to space station
  • The Soyuz is expected to dock with the station on Tuesday

(CNN) -- A Russian spacecraft was launched Sunday in Kazakhstan, carrying crew members from three countries to a four-month deployment aboard the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Japan's Aki Hoshide and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko will join other crew members on the station, according to NASA.

The Soyuz TMA-05M was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, according to NASA.

Flight engineer Sunita Williams, Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko and flight engineer Aki Hoshide.
Flight engineer Sunita Williams, Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko and flight engineer Aki Hoshide.

The Soyuz is expected to dock with the orbiting complex on Tuesday, NASA said.

The launch and docking of the Expedition 32 crew members coincides with the 37th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first docking of an American spacecraft with a Russian spacecraft.

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