Manned Soyuz rocket blasts off successfully

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off aboard a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan to dock safely with the International Station for a six-and-a-half month mission.

Lift-off of first manned space mission since Soyuz failure

Russian, American and Canadian astronauts blast off for the first manned Soyuz mission since a frightening failed launch in October. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency take off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan for a six-and-a-half month mission aboard the International Space Station. IMAGES of the launch

Crew bids farewell ahead of manned space mission launch

Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency bid farewell to their relatives ahead of the launch of the first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October. IMAGES