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Soyuz rocket blasts off for International Space Station

21 December 2011 Last updated at 14:32 GMT

A Soyuz rocket has launched from Kazakhstan carrying a cosmonaut and two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

Commander Oleg Kononenko from Russia, NASA flight engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut and flight engineer Andre Kuipers are on board.

The rocket will dock at the ISS on Friday, where the crew will live for six month