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Rare two-man crew headed for International Space Station

By Brooks Hays
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Rare two-man crew headed for International Space Station
The Soyuz MS-04 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Thursday morning carrying Expedition 51 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA into orbit to begin their four and a half month mission on the International Space Station. NASA Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/UPI | License Photo

April 19 (UPI) -- A rare two-man crew lifted off aboard the Soyuz MS-04 spaceship to travel to the International Space Station early Thursday morning. The capsule was carried on a Russian Soyuz rocket, that launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Most crewed launches feature three astronauts. Thursday's launch was the first in several years to feature only two. The Soyuz capsule is carrying NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin to the space station, where they will join the rest of Expedition 51.

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NASA's Peggy Whitson, the expedition's commander, as well as Russia's Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, are already onboard.

Thursday's space flight was Fischer's first. Yurchikhin has taken four previous spaceflights. Both will spend four months aboard the space station and return to Earth in September.

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