HOUSTON — Cosmonaut Elena Serova, soon to become Russia’s first woman in space in nearly two decades, insists her first priority is to perform her duties as professionally as her U.S., European and Russian male colleagues during her five-plus month stay aboard the six-person International Space Station. On Sept. 25 Serova will launch as the flight engineer, or backup pilot, for Soyuz TMA-14M Commander Alexander Samokutyaev, during the spacecraft’s six-hour sprint to the ...

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