Successful launch for three astronauts on Soyuz rocket

  • 14 November 2011
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Early on Monday morning a Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts - two from Russia and one from America - launched successfully from Kazakhstan.

The astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station.

Russia's Soyuz space programme is now one of the only ways to get astronauts to and from the space station.

That's because the American space agency Nasa ended missions with the Space Shuttle earlier this year.

Once safely in orbit, the three astronauts gave a thumbs-up signal to cameras on board the craft and applause broke out at the mission control centre in Moscow.

Russia haven't had a lot of luck with their space rocket launches recently.

The previous Soyuz mission crashed after launch in August and just last week the Phobos-Grunt probe, destined for Mars' moon, got stuck in orbit round the Earth.