EFE | Washington

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft arrived successfully at the International Space Station, or ISS, with three astronauts aboard, two Russians and an American, on a mission that makes history because two of its crew will join the very few who have stayed the longest time in space.

The spacecraft blasted off at 1942 GMT from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and docked at the ISS at 0133 GMT, NASA said during its live online coverage of the flight.

A handout picture made available by the French Space Agency (CNES) shows Arianespace Soyuz ST-B flight VS11 lifting-off from the launch pad carrying a
A handout picture made available by the French Space Agency (CNES) shows Arianespace Soyuz ST-B flight VS11 lifting-off from the launch pad carrying a pair of Galileo satellites, at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, 27 March 2015. Satellite Galileo 7 and 8 lifted off at 18:46 local (21:46 GMT) on board of a Suyuz rocket. The new pair will bring EU's Galileo satellite navigation system to a total of eight satellites in orbit. EFE/EPA/S MARTIN/CNES/CSG HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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