A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a three-man, multinational crew is speeding toward a Dec. 23 rendezvous with the International Space Station, following the start of a two-day transit with a successful Dec. 21 liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, the Soyuz commander, flight engineers Don Pettit, of NASA, and Andre Kuipers, of the European Space Agency, were on course to dock with the orbiting science laboratory on Dec. 23 at 10:22 a.m. EST. ...


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