A Russian spaceship named Gagarin carried three new crew members to the International Space Station, on Monday.
The crew included a veteran NASA astronaut Ron Garan, and two new cosmonauts named Andrey Borisenko, and Alexander Samokutyaev.
The space flyers lifted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:18 p.m. EDT (2218 GMT), on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft commonly known as Gagarin.
The space carrier has been named after the Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin.
The three space men are scheduled to stay on the International Space Station for six months. They will be joining the other three members, who are already living in the orbiting laboratory.
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