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An Italian, a Russian and an American astronaut all walked into a spaceship- and today blasted off to the International Space Station in a launch on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Andrew Morgan of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are travelling to the space station in a launch from Kazakhstan.
July - Date - NASA - Neil - Armstrong
The July 20 blast off comes on the same date that NASA's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969.
The capsule is to dock with the International Space Station six and a half hours after lift-off and after just four orbits.
Trio - Kazakh - Steppe - Alexander - Skvortsov
Of the trio launching from the Kazakh steppe, only 53-year-old Alexander Skvortsov was alive at the time of the Moon landing.
A veteran of two ISS missions, Skvortsov will be the flight commander for the six-hour journey from Baikonur to the ISS. Morgan, 43, is flying for the first time.
Parmitano - Stint - Space - Station - Days
Parmitano's only previous stint at the space station lasted 166 days and saw him become the first Italian to carry out a spacewalk.
Parmitano, 42, said the crew were 'lucky and privileged' to have their launch coincide with...
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