Foreign Digest


October 15, 2004

U.S.- Russian crew on way to 6-month space mission

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A rocket carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut to the International Space Station streaked into orbit yesterday, the latest flight of a Russian space vehicle to fill in for grounded U.S. shuttles.

The spaceship is due to dock with the station tomorrow at 8:17 a.m. Moscow time.

During the six-month mission, the new crew will do experiments to research new AIDS vaccines, study plant growth and go on at least two space walks. A crucial task will be fixing a broken generator that makes oxygen from waste water to supplement oxygen delivered by cargo ships.

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