Russian rocket takes off for ISS

2011-12-21 18:30

Moscow - A Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off on Monday to carry three astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

The launch from Kazakhstan's Baikonour space centre took place on schedule at 13:16 GMT with Russian Oleg Kononenko, the Netherlands' Andre Kuipers and Don Pettit of the US on board.

They will join American Dan Burbank and Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin, who departed Earth for the ISS on November 21.