In space, no one can hear you bicker: Russians and Americans blast off together

Carrying two Russian cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut, a Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off this morning in Kazakhstan for the International Space Station. AP reports that an engine snag had delayed the spacecraft’s arrival at the International Space Station until Thursday. But the crew — which includes cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov, Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Steven Swanson — is in no danger.


The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-12M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on March 26, 2014. LEFT: (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) RIGHT: (VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Debris scatters from the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday March 26th, 2014. (VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A long exposure picture shows the rocket blasting off over an antenna at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

People watch as the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft blasts off from its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome on March 26, 2014. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

 

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