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NEW SPACE STATION CREW ROCKETED INTO SPACE

A Russian rocket blasted off from the Central Asian steppes and soared into space at dawn today, catapulting three astronauts in a crowded capsule on a two-day journey to the International Space Station.

Rays of light from the rising sun turned the capsule's smoky trail shades of pink, purple and orange as the Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Russia's base at the Baikonur Cosmodrome with a Russian-U.S. crew and an Italian astronaut. The new crew, including American John Phillips, will be welcoming a U.S. shuttle to the space station next month when NASA revives a shuttle program grounded after the Columbia disaster two years ago.

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