Soyuz bound for space station blasts off

MOSCOW (AP) ? A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Dutchman to the International Space Station has blasted off from Russia’s launch facility in Kazakhstan.

Mission commander Oleg Konenenko and his colleagues, American Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers are to dock with the space station on Friday.

The blastoff from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, took place as scheduled at 1316 GMT (8:16 a.m. EST) Wednesday.

The three aboard the Russian spacecraft will join three others already on the ISS, NASA’s Don Burton and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin. The six are to work together on the station until March.