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Rocket with 3 astronauts takes off for ISS

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    Dec. 19, 2012: The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-07M space ship blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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    Dec. 19, 2012: The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-07M space ship blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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    Dec. 19, 2012: Russia's Space Agency Chief Vladimir Popovkin greets U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, right, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, center, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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    Dec. 19, 2012: U.S. astronaut Thomas Marshburn, right, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, center, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, walk to a bus from a hotel prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A Soyuz spacecraft carry three astronauts has taken off atop a towering Russian rocket, headed for the International Space Station.

The Soyuz launched from Russia's manned-space facility in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday (1212 GMT) Wednesday.

American Tom Marshburn, Russian Roman Romanenko and Canada's Chris Hadfield will travel for two days in the capsule, before docking with the space station where three other astronauts are already on board.