Russian spacecraft successfully delivers 3 astronauts to ISS

Russian spaceship Soyuz MS-18 in a scheduled flight successfully sent two Russian and one U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos said.

A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0742 GMT and docked in an automatic mode to the Rassvet module of the Russian segment of the ISS in 3 hours 23 minutes after the liftoff.

Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei then joined their seven colleagues already working on the orbital outpost.

The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft also delivered 169 kg of payloads to the ISS, including equipment, hygiene items and food.