• Russia launched a manned mission to the International Space Sation (ISS) from its Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.

  • The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft carrying three astronauts.

  • The crew to the ISS includes Oleg Kononenko from Russia, Andre Kuipers from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Donald Pettit from NASA.
  • The trio will join Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin from Russia and Daniel Burbank from NASA at the ISS and spend some 147 days in space.